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raceAhead: Intel’s Diversity Report, Trump’s Transphobia and Five Breaking News Haikus

Your week in review, in haiku.



Twenty-two years, two

kids, twenty shots, one cell phone.




Trash a man’s grades, he’ll

slap your wallet out your hands:

Shut up and dribble.



You better have their

money, Howard. No, Tyrone:

you can’t use their loan.



When you don’t get fired on

the john or Twitter.



What back tattoo should

R. Kelly get so we can

cancel him for good?


Have a Good and Happy weekend. Love to all who celebrate.

On Point

Intel’s 2017 diversity report shows some progress, but it’s slowest for African AmericansWhile the tech giant is making slow and steady progress on its overall workforce goals, it still struggles to find and keep black talent. In 2015, the company pledged to reach full representation in its workforce by 2020, a number that is based on market availability of qualified workers for specific jobs. Click through for the details on how those numbers are calculated and how Intel sets specific goals. Here’s where they are now: White workers accounted for 47.8% of Intel’s U.S. employees last year. Asian workers made up 38.5%, while Latinx employees were 8.8%, African Americans 4%, and Native Americans 0.7% of the total workforce. Women are just 26.5% of Intel employees, up 0.8% year over year.Fortune

Ted Lieu: The military transgender ban is “transphobia masked as policy” 
Rep. Lieu (D-CA) has written a strongly worded op-ed saying that the Trump administration’s ban on transgender troops is as disgraceful as it is unconstitutional. Lieu, an immigrant and former active duty officer in the U.S. Air Force and current Colonel in the Reserves, says that it’s unconscionable to prevent people from serving. “Like so many others, my military career was anchored by a calling to give back to a country that had given me so much,” he says. There is no credible evidence for the ban and no discernible justification for it. “There is zero evidence that a transgender sniper is any less accurate or a transgender missile launch officer is any less reliable than someone who is not transgender.”

Los chicos del verano no les gusta tu presidente
Last year, a record 31% of professional baseball players and 50% of minor leaguers were Latino immigrants. But this year, tensions are brewing in the dugout, as players express concerns about President Trump’s anti-immigration policies. “We are conscious of everything happening, and the situation this country is currently in. It is regrettable,” Venezuelan-born minor Leaguer Willians Astudillo tells The Guardian. Baseball has played a role in racial reconciliation in the past, and some owners worry that their attempts to welcome their increasingly diverse fans will become untenable. But other owners who vocally support the president, are risking alienating some of their most promising players and their fans.
The Guardian

Black Stoneman Douglas students held a press conference yesterday
The students said they felt overlooked and underrepresented by both the media and their fellow students, and took the opportunity to explain how the gun control conversation needed to include their specific concerns about an increased police presence at their school. Gun violence and the police were very real fears for them, they said, and they are already deeply traumatized. “It’s bad enough we have to return with clear backpacks,” said 17-year-old Kai Koerber. “Should we also return with our hands up?” According to the Miami Herald, 11% of the Stoneman Douglas students are black.
Miami Herald

The Woke Leader

How Accenture found the courage to host public forums on difficult conversations
Bringing “our full selves to work,” often requires having difficult conversations about hot-button topics, like race, religion, harassment, etc. But how can you make trust and candor scale? For inspiration, check out this installment of Adam Grant’s WorkLife podcast about building trust. It starts in outer space, but ends up back on earth with Accenture IT manager Darnell Thompson talking about how a Facebook post expressing his anguish over police violence and his fears for his infant son encouraged the company’s human resources chief, Ellyn Shook, to reach out. The end result is a now-regular series of company-wide conversations tackling race and other topics called Building Bridges that’s transformed the culture. While the podcast (the first of two installments) offers an excellent blueprint, the true beauty of this story lies in the courage of two workplace friends, one with serious position power, and their willingness to make love a corporate value. Enjoy, then share it with your own fearless leader.
WorkLife podcast

Trump-loving Roseanne gets record ratings, but Roxane Gay won’t be back
Writer Roxane Gay analyzes the cognitive dissonance around the recently resurrected Roseanne, a television show which was once groundbreaking and refreshing, but in her view, fails to hit the mark. Partly, it’s Roseanne herself. “Where once she was edgy and provocative, she is now absurd and offensive,” writes Gay. And while the political tensions in the show mirror those in the country at large, it’s the myth-making about Trump supporters that pose the bigger problem. “When a lot of the mainstream media talks about the working class, there is a tendency to romanticize, to idealize them as the most authentic Americans,” she writes. Except these days, the working class don’t look or live like the Connors, and they voted in large measure for the Democratic candidate. Come for the thoughtful analysis on the power and dangers of pop culture, stay for the receipts.
New York Times

In the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh on his 165th birthday
Follow along as columnist, commentator and newsroom adviser Heidi N. Moore shares her quest to better understand Vincent by visiting the places he painted. Her first stop was the little church in Auvers-sur-Oise, where she discovered, quite by chance, that she could recreate some of the vibrancy of the painting if she edited her photos to be more saturated with color. “Then it *did* replicate Van Gogh’s painting almost eerily,” she tweets. “Van Gogh saw the world in maximum color saturation.” As she continued her journey, she mused on his life, his genius and his struggles with mental health, and how his work was a desperate fight to ward off his demons. “The most important thing to get across is that the color saturation and joy of Van Gogh’s paintings belied how often depressed and angry and tormented he was,” she says. “And he poured all this paint…into fighting that darkness and turning it into paintings with force and color and joy, reflecting a world almost too intense to withstand.” Enjoy the walkabout, and keep fighting the good fight, everybody.


There can come a time in life when one is tired of everything, as it were, and has the feeling as if everything that one does is wrong, and there’s certainly some truth in that – is this a feeling that one ought to avoid and repress, or it is rather ‘the godly sorrow’ that one must not fear but carefully consider whether it can perhaps compel us to do good – is it perhaps ‘the godly sorrow that worketh a choice not to be repented of’? And at such times, in which one feels tired of oneself, one may think with heedfulness, hope and love of the words ‘Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.’
Vincent Van Gogh