It's unfortunate that the first comment on this article begins with: I see a lot of demands here, but these issues always require a give-and-take attitude.

None of these are demands. I can't demand anything of anyone reading this. I can only make recommendations and offer a perspective.

To make space for acknowledgment of Black people does not mean others are excluded. There is space for everyone to learn, engage, and to support. If the language in this article feels inaccessible or too much like "newspeak", use the language that will allow folks to connect to the basic premise and goal- acknowledging and valuing the humanity of Black people and naming the many systems and mindsets that have and continue to dehumanize Black people.

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Aiko is Founder of RARE Coaching & Consulting, a leadership development agency that focuses on emotional intelligence. NYT Best Seller: You Are Your Best Thing.

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Aiko Bethea

Aiko Bethea

Aiko is Founder of RARE Coaching & Consulting, a leadership development agency that focuses on emotional intelligence. NYT Best Seller: You Are Your Best Thing.

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