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Encouraging employees to be mindful of racism is fair game, but requiring specific action based on race is problematic. (Credit: Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock.com)

National and local headlines about protests, social injustice and police reform have created a divide in our communities. Statements from large corporations, with massive social media budgets, can be seen as pandering or polarizing. Other employers want to make a statement or take action but are concerned about potential employee and public ramifications. Employees want their employers to do something but can’t necessarily agree on what should be done.

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