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Addressing Systemic Discrimination by Reframing the Problem by Dr. Frank L. Douglas is an eye-opening book that presents how the principles of equity and inclusion are crucial in the workplace. The book is composed of two chapters. In the first chapter, the author explains how "high equity, high inclusion" (EQIN) is the desired goal for increasing productivity and engagement in the workplace. The high rating will then result in a psychologically safe culture where respect, fairness, and acceptance are highly tangible at work. The author also provides a diagram of the Equity-Inclusion Culture Matrix, which shows the highs and lows of equity and inclusion and how they affect individuals psychologically. Depending on the situation, the quadrant shows whether the individuals fall into a psychologically safe, unsafe, or toxic culture, which makes them hopeful, engaged, anxious, or even distressed at their work. Chapter two discussed the Safe Haven Dialogues (SHD) reframing process of 18 individuals who experienced discrimination in their field as black people.
Of the 18 cases presented, twelve individuals are distressed at their work, which means they are in a toxic culture. There are two anxious individuals and one hopeful, which fall into an unsafe culture, and only one engaged individual, which belongs to a safe culture. These black people experienced racial discrimination in their respective fields and underwent microassaults, microinsults, and microinvalidations, which is harsh on their side.
The book is very informative about this unaccepted phenomenon that is supposedly eliminated in our society. Through the author's cruel experience of discrimination, his color was judged outrightly, and his status made no difference to the police, who falsely accused him. Like the author, the situations of all participants in the case study show how whites are more privileged while blacks are underappreciated in the organization.
The book is a call to action: every organization must implement diversity, equity, and inclusion for all individuals to acquire a psychologically safe culture.
There's nothing to dislike in this thought-provoking read. The author's writing style is such a wonderful harmony for readers. Besides, I noticed almost no errors since the book has only two of them. Therefore, the book appears to be professionally edited. I am giving the book a rating of 5 out of 5 stars because I was informed and educated on how Victors Over Injustice in Their Profession (VIPs) addressed systemic discrimination and found solutions to it. Other than that, I love the communicative book cover, as it implies a serious subject within.
Any company or organization must have this book in its corner. Employers and employees are two of the targeted audiences of this book. I believe the book is also enjoyable for non-fiction book enthusiasts.
Addressing Systemic Discrimination by Reframing the Problem
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