Like many of you, here at Yellow Cat we support the Black Lives Matter movement. Since the tragic killing of George Floyd in the US, anger at police brutality and a broken justice-system has triggered a wave of protests around the world. Like many others we feel it’s an important and pivotal moment to voice our solidarity with Black Lives Matter.
Whilst more and more brands and companies are voicing their support to the movement, recent controversies prove that we still have a way to go…so what can we do, as recruiters within the creative industry do to not just support the cause, but actively evoke change? How can we take responsibility to challenge the micro-aggressions, the imbalances, and the lack of diversity within senior roles in the creative industries?
A recent study from UK Screen Alliance concluded that the creative industries all need to take action to increase the number of people from Black and Minority Ethnic groups in Senior Management roles. Although in recent years companies have been actively working to remedy the lack of diversity in the industry, we still have a lot of work to do to ensure that our companies are safe places to work and are supporting and nurturing diverse talent setting an example to the brands and organisations we work with.
At Yellow Cat, we don’t profess to know it all so we’re actively learning by reading articles to further our education on the issue and are following and supporting organisations who are campaigning for diversity, networks of POC creatives, and charitable groups that are creating opportunities for people to get into the industry. We would like to share these resources with you, so have included links below.
Here are some books you can read up on to give you a better insight into institutional racism and how to tackle it:
Anti-Racist Petitions to Sign and Share with your Team
Organisation that are working to create positive change in the creative industry which you can promote, donate to and support:
If you would like to join the conversation, or if you wish to add any further links or resources to this article, we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org