Be like a hammer
In a recent meeting of diversity directors, we were all asked to introduce ourselves and select an object that represented either ourselves or our approach to diversity, equity and inclusion work. My colleagues proceeded to state their names followed by objects such as seeds and flowers. When it was my turn, I stated my name, Pascale, and my object, a hammer. I explained that a hammer can be used to build and create and that it can also be used to tear things down. I selected the object because society is full of structures that are built upon systemic discrimination, and it is our responsibility to tear down the structures that reinforce systemic discrimination and to build new structures of belonging and inclusion. Thus, to be truly anti-racist and anti-bias warriors we must be willing to pick up our hammers and tear down the structures that perpetuate the current systems of discrimination and creative enough to build new and inclusive societal structures.