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So the Co-Chair of the Deloitte Black Action Council was not a Black woman but an Indian Woman who is now the Chief Diversity Officer. I feel a little duped and bamboozled. As a Black American this person does not share our history with slavery, Jim Crow, etc. I don’t think anything will come of this council. I wonder are black initiatives will become an all minority initiative. Is Black hiring going to increase. Will more blacks be considered for senior management up to partner positions

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One theory, perhaps it's a way of diverting attention away from addressing the prejudices that some South Asians, depending on their caste, especially at US Deloitte consulting have against blacks. Just a thought. When ORM represent a high percentage of management positions and PPDs, while URM in those same positions are still in the single digits along with higher attrition rates, it makes one wonder if there's bias against URM by ORM in positions that influence and control people's career growth.

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Again, just devil's advocate here... 1. Did no one else step up? If not, I can picture being the only minority in the room and thinking "damn, now i have to do this also". 2. I went back and looked at the original question. OP said she was the head of diversity. Makes me wonder if she was voluntold to do it. I don't put it past any of these big firms to want to look good PR wise by creating something that looks good on paper, but then planting their people in it to feel like they have some kind of control or to steer things in the direction of what's favorable to the firm. 3. The less cynical side of me says maybe she's just well intentioned. Maybe she's also disgusted by what a lot of America is finally seeing and just wants to help out, looking for any way she can. My wife tells me to assume positive intentions and since I started listening to that advice, I have been able to catch a few misunderstandings before stuff got out of hand.

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I’m not mad at your positive thinking.

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This is why we should ditch the term POC. They see us as interchangeable

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I’m confused. As an Indian woman, why would you even raise your hand to take this role? What would make you feel like you could adequately represent the perspectives of Black people?

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⬆️ I wonder that myself as well.

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Yes. I saw the note earlier. Been scratching my head since then..

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One caveat, were any Black people stepping up to run it? If so, then yeah... that's f'd up. If not, we need to look at ourselves and step up or be willing to help out the one of us that stepped up when nobody else wants to do it.

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I used to always step up, but I just got wore down with not having enough buy in from leadership and not really being empowered to implement any of the changes we developed. And then at year end when asked to account for my contributions, it seems like that isn’t weighed as heavily as other professional development activities.

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Is this the "Kamala" affect? No snark...just a question.

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@C1...Who would you prefer? I liked Keisha Bottoms and Val Demings.

I saw that and gave it the side eye as well. I was like what in the hell is this.

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How do we solve this problem without seeming racist?

This is crazy. Council was started because of police brutality against black people. You Can’t make this stuff up. Black people on the council most likely wanted to say something but didn’t want to seem racist. It’s just a pure slap in the face and black people are going to get nothing out of it.

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Yeah... I questioned this too. Along with the Black Bishop but, I digress.

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