“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” - Edmund Burke
Racism isn’t always about hate. At its core, racism is more about classism and the need to rule over a particular group of people. By degrading a people and creating a false narrative about who they are, where they come from and what they can do, we establish ideas and beliefs that justify how we treat them.
Un-United: Racism In America isn’t a one-sided conversation. People of all color and background share the microphone as we talk about the struggle - where we’ve been, where we are and where we’re going. It’s not always going to be an easy conversation - change never is - but if we talk to each other with kindness and compassion, we’ll have a conversation that matters.
My guests are leaders from different industries and professions who are willing to talk about their views and experience with racism in the workplace, as well as daily life.
We can’t sit back and think the issue with race is going to solve itself. Like Edmund Burke said, we have to be active participants if we’re going to find a solution. Only by being open and truthful, will every voice be heard and will we finally begin to understand and respect one another as equals.
Karyn Martin is the president and COO of Interprise Design, an interior design firm. Originally from West Virginia, she now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and counsels young professionals on how to handle racism in the corporate world. She’s heavily involved with The Real Estate Council (TREC) serving as the Chair of the Leadership Advisory Committee, as well as serving as a member of the Executive Board, Community Fund Committee and DEI Committees. In addition, she’s a member of the Dallas Christian Leadership Prayer Breakfast Board and is a former member of the YMCA South Dallas Board.