In other words what Mr Harleston is saying that in the desperate rush to conform, post Floyd as it where, you risk making employees unnecessarily and unfairly ashamed of the company they work for.Meanwhile here in the UK, both Lloyds of London and Greene King have just announced they are ashamed of parts of their history and accordingly they plan to make donations to charities working with BAME communities. I wonder if these two commercial entities will continue to be able to attract the brightest and the best now that they have felt obliged to conform to the wishes of those protesting about 18th century slavery and be stigmatised accordingly. In the same way now that Oriel has decided to offer up Cecil Rhodes to those protesting about black suppression will future students think twice before wanting to part of an Oxford college that has disowned its major founder? Hitler’s remarkably successful propagandist, Joseph Goebbels, said “ whoever can conquer the street will one day conquer the state, for every form of power politics and any dictatorship-run state has its roots in the street”.” It seems to me that the disgraceful death of Mr Floyd has morphed into a frenzy of conformity as street protests have so unnerved businesses and institutions that they are now unwittingly aiding the rise of a new wave of fascism. We need to be very careful here. Perhaps one of the awful consequences of whole populations being forced to kick their heels in their homes as a result of Covid19 measures is that it only takes a spark, in this case the killing of Mr Floyd, to set off an orgy of self-flagellation that fuels the energy which finally creates the dystopia of George Orwell’s 1984.
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