Two civil rights leaders have shared some advice for American businesses: Do a better job.
This week, I spoke with Derek JohnsonCEO of the NAACP since 2017, and Frederica NewtonHuey B. Newton, co-founder of the Dr. Huey B. Newton Foundation, former member of the Black Panther Party, and widow of Huey B. Newton. The pair were on hand for a separate session at Salesforce’s Dreamforce conference; Our discussion topic was “Why Institutional Engagement Is Everyone’s Business”.
Johnson got to the point.
“Keeping the community moving is not only an imperative, but also a business opportunity,” he said, citing Unilever and Procter & Gamble to create products and marketing for a diverse client base. But in a political environment marked by “tribalism” and violence, it is time to move beyond “uncomfortable conversations” and into the kind of real talk that addresses current threats to democracy. “It’s going at an accelerated pace,” he said, referring to the January 6 attack. And some of these people do it.”
Unfortunately, Newton said, this is all too familiar. A longtime Black Panther Party member noted the often misunderstood work the organization has done with the communities. “We need to meet the needs – very directly – of the people who are on the streets.” She spoke about an episode of gun violence she witnessed the day before and said that the elements that create fear, homelessness, food insecurity and desperation in the lives of ordinary people should become part of the company’s mandate. “We need companies to recruit organizations that provide direct service to those people who are on the streets, working poor, and the homeless,” people who cannot participate in society as creators, leaders or consumers. “The government has failed…the people in the ivory towers need to seek the help of organizations that are in touch with the communities they need to serve.”
I asked about the role employers play in preserving voting rights, in part, as an introduction to an in-depth story I am reporting about a unique voter activation program that the NAACP is launching ahead of the US midterm elections. You have indicated two areas of concern – protecting individual voting access and lobbying against cynical redistricting efforts. Johnson waved to me and raised the heat.
“The bulk of corporate behavior is who they support as candidates, who they write checks to,” he said. “Political parties are nothing more than a vehicle for the agenda. That is why you see different alignments of people over time, moving from one political party to another. It has nothing to do with deciding the party, it has everything to do with the agenda the parties hold.”
The issue of polarization revolves around taxation, who is taxed, who is not taxed, and unmet needs resulting from a lack of public will. “Do we spend this tax money on the social good to ensure that there is a safety net across the board?” Drawing on Newton’s example, he said, “The California homeless crisis is outrageous…You’re really talking about people who have homes on the backs of those who are now camped out on blankets.”
Johnson, who lives in Mississippi, said the problems are interrelated but very local. “Lack of nutrition or access to health care in the south, safe and quality living conditions in the north, you can name the part of the country where there is a policy that has to be paid.”
But who is at the table also matters. “You want to tackle climate change, how are you going to do that? Who will you meet in a role that ensures the room looks like a community?” Johnson said.
Newton agreed. “These are tough conversations, I see.” She said organizations need to find ways to allow their employees to help direct their resources because a diverse workforce brings a rich understanding of the needs of the communities they represent. Again, it’s local. “If you see a need in your community, what can you do to address it?”
She referred to the Black Panther’s Ten Points Plan, a political platform describing their commitments. Back in 1972, technology was an announced lever. How is modern technology used to provide health care to people? Who would you hire to help harness technology in better ways? “
“And don’t go alone,” she says. “You don’t have to do this alone. There are people working on this stuff. Join them.”
I hope You have a weekend full of solidarity.
This version has been edited by racAhead by Jack Long.
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“We want land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice, peace, and societal control over modern technology.”
– Part of the Black Panther Party’s Ten Point Plan, Published May 1972
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