With racial and gender sensitivities at historic highs, lawyers and other business leaders are searching for ways to fulfill their corporate social responsibility initiatives and target implicit bias to ensure a more inclusive populace. Based on my experience as an educator and business leader, my recommendation is to put a strong focus on educating our community’s children, who represent our future. Without a doubt, this is not only important to ensuring a stronger community but also a more effective legal system, as discrimination and implicit bias are clear barriers to justice.
The avalanche of monthly observances—Black History Month, Women’s History Month and American Indian Awareness Week to name a few—underscore the need to create a more inclusive society. Considering the complex, nuanced nature of these topics in today’s racially charged society, it is difficult to ascertain whether we are sending the best messages to one of the most important audiences: our children.