The System of Oppression in Our Workplace Is Limiting All of Us

Creative genius has no gender or race

Look beyond. Empower people. Believe in them. Illustration: Amira Lin

It’s time for all of us to look inward to our industry and begin the conversation about diversity and inclusion. In my experience, at most agencies and companies in Los Angeles, most creatives are white, a few are Asians, but only one or two, if not zero, are Black or brown people. And many leaders are men with one or two that are women—usually white. The systemic oppression is not only in criminal justice, education, financial institutions, etc.—it’s in our work and our workplace.

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Terry Lee is a creative director.