Periodic Essay

Reflections from Loretta J. Mester

Abstract: I struggled with whether or not I should send out a message after the Atlanta attack. On the one hand, I believe such a heinous act requires condemnation and a public statement that I, and the institution I lead, are committed to championing diversity, equity, inclusion, and economic opportunity. It would be wrong to just look away. On the other hand, reacting only by going on record as being against atrocious acts like this feels too much like resigned acceptance that this is the way things are. Social responsibility requires us to act. The hard question is what can be done to reduce the expression of hate and violence; to end racism, sexism, and xenophobia; and to foster a more equitable society.

Keywords: discrimination;

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Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Part of Series: Reflections by Loretta Mester

Publication Date: 2021-03-25

Volume: 2021

Issue: 01

Pages: 1