You know the white establishment must be quaking in its boots when someone as icy as Vogue editrix Anna Wintour is voicing contrition and offering listening tours about race. (Wintour told staff members, “I know Vogue has not found enough ways to elevate and give space to black editors, writers, photographers, designers and other creators. We have made mistakes, too, publishing images or stories that have been hurtful or intolerant.”)
Oh, I know you’re scratching your head wondering why I’m bringing up the dowager of high fashion in a column directed at lawyers. Well, like Wintour, a lot of partners seem to be tripping over themselves right now to show how much their firms care about racial justice. And also like Wintour, many have been in power for decades, doing squat to change the racial dynamics at their own shops but suddenly finding religion in Black Lives Matter.
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