Baldwin Taught Me

“To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.” – James Baldwin

I don’t believe when Baldwin used “rage” here that he meant some mindless, violent blind fury – a reckless, hulk-like aggression that swings into the void, striking nothing. No, I believe the rage Baldwin was referring to here was the feeling when one understands – by any degree –  the overwhelming, ever present, inescapable reality that is white supremacy. White supremacy is what established our 13 colonies and the bedrock upon which our government stands. White supremacy undergirds our economy, the structuring of our neighborhoods and schools. White supremacy provides the mark by which we measure acceptable behavior, language and dress. It is what makes diversity and inclusion programs necessary — if only for window dressing — at our jobs. It is what makes Living Corporate, LLC relevant. Baldwin states that rage is consciousness for the marginalized, and I agree.

Eventually, I had to ask myself what I was going to do with my rage. If you are reading this blog, you are seeing it. Living Corporate is a space that was created by a group of relatively conscious people representing a wide array of perspectives, religious beliefs, nationalities, sexual identities and cultures. This space isn’t to comiserate with one another, screaming against instiutions too expansive to wrap our arms around. This space is meant is to provide a platform to celebrate, educate and empower underrepresented identities in Corporate America in authentic, approachable ways. As we’ve said before, we want to engage with other voices that often go unheard and have our conversations out loud.

My hope is you join us.

– Zach

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