Social Justice Theater: What It Is, and How to Do Better

Beware of committees and ‘baby steps’ — empty promises further traumatize Black employees

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The benefits of social justice theater — for the powerful

This activity may seem promising, but when it’s not connected to painful self-reflection and bold action, it becomes Social Justice Theater (SJT). This is worse than useless — it actively causes further trauma to marginalized employees while benefiting only the performers.

How to recognize social justice theater

When the justice is theatrical, the trauma is real

How to do better: The three P’s

Power

Pay

Policy

Business Strategy | Social Impact | Community Building

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