Opportunity and sharing power is the antidote to discrimination

We have talked about the fact that systemic and subtle discrimination accumulates over time, so what is the antidote for that?

In the image below, Marilyn Monroe used her privilege (ie. sharing her power) to give Ella Fitzgerald an opportunity so she never had to play a small jazz club again. Ella didn’t need mentoring, nor did she need to improve her skillset, she simply needed an opportunity. This is why opportunity is the antidote to discrimination and the key is to give people from marginalised groups more opportunities to make up for the ones they have lost.

“I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt. It was because of her that I played the Mocambo, a very popular nightclub in the 1950s. She called the owner and told him if he'd book me, she'd take a front table every night. I never had to play a small jazz club again."Marilyn Monroe with Ella Fitzgerald explaining that Marilyn Monroe used her privilege to give Ella Fitzgerald an opportunity so she never had to play a small jazz club again. Ella didn't need mentoring, nor did she need to improve her skillset, she simply needed an opportunity. This is why the key is to give people from marginalised groups more opportunities to make up for the ones they have lost.
Image showing how Marilyn Monroe was an ally for Ella Fitzgerald. Want to share this? Use DOI: https://zenodo.org/doi/10.5281/zenodo.10929110

One of the ways you can do this is to take into account Achievement Relative to Opportunity, reduce the weighting of experience when hiring, and increase the weighting of Continuous Improvement Skills.

It could be an opportunity to get another job so you can leave a work culture that is toxic.

It could be an opportunity to be recognised for the skills you have and be paid fairly for them.

It could be an opportunity to network with people who could boost your career.

It can come in many shapes and sizes.

For an example, have a look at the articles 18 ways you can help right now as an individual and Helping intersectionally marginalised people as an individual

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