Lip service on inequality falls short
While the empathetic messages from many business leaders, such as senior execs from Target, Amazon and Walmart, on the issues of racial injustice are a good first step, the outcome must be more than press releases.
These companies often perpetuate cycles of poverty and inequality with low-wage, dead-end hourly jobs that disproportionately hold minorities back. If these companies had programs to promote minority hourly workers to management roles and paid for child care and higher education expenses for these workers, they would be putting their words into action.
Otherwise, their messages are just lip service that doesn’t change anything. Shareholders too need to give companies the latitude to invest in programs like these. The dividends paid back to society would be far larger than a dividend to a shareholder.
Sucharita Kodali, Charlotte
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