An estimated 3% of designers are Black. Mitzi Okou, cofounder of the new initiative Where Are the Black Designers? wants to change that.
It seemed just about every company out there posted a black square on social media for a day of solidarity called #BlackoutTuesday in the wake of George Floyd’s death. The collective action was supposed to express solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, but it read as disingenuous at best, a cop-out at worst, and it showed how little design thought went into responding to one of the biggest civil rights movements in decades. “I was like, okay, enough is enough,” says UX designer Mitzi Okou. “You can’t really say you stand against racism when you not hiring Black people contributes to the racial injustice.”
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