This article is full of terrible advice. A corporate environment is not the place for any of this discussion. Pushing for Blacks to have a separate meeting to discuss race or promoting rules for treating people of different races differently will not help any individuals get ahead and it won’t help the company succeed.
The best rule at work is to keep politics, religion, and any personal stuff at a very cordial level and avoid anything controversial. “Hello”, “How are you ?”, “How was the weekend?”, and a hundred other small talk phrases are fine. If you have close friends at work, you can share more with them, but be careful or the friendship may be lost and your job may depend on the cooperation of someone who hates you. Work is not the place for sensitivity sessions on political correctnesss. It is a dog-eat-dog world where we join a pack and work hard so we can all make some money. I don’t care what race you are and don’t want to argue about it. If you are flipping those burgers, landing those accounts, treating those patients, providing services to our clients, and pulling your weight, then you are contributing to my getting a paycheck, and that’s all I or anyone else at work really cares about. We all realize another Diversity VP will increase cost and waste our time and make our company less efficient. But the value is that we can report anyone following your advice to the Diversity VP and they will issue a directive putting a stop to any freelance race sensitivity seminar.