In the last year, America has been pulled apart by two forces: A once-in-a-century pandemic and the systemic racism embodied in the murder of George Floyd just over a year ago. As the threat of Covid-19 recedes, we must face the fact that a recovery from the destructive and divisive challenge of racism is still in its early stages.
Congressional action on policing remains elusive. More encouraging steps have come from the private sector. A range of companies have made specific pledges to be more equitable and inclusive by changing their hiring practices. Companies like IBM and Merck have joined to form OneTen, to create 1 million careers for Black talent in America over the next 10 years. In New York City, JPMorgan has led an effort to increase hiring of low income people of color by 100,000 over the same period.
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