Gatekeepers. Our society is filled with them: in schools, companies, and the arts. They have this unfettered authority that can stop people cold in their tracks. They decide who gets the job, who gets the promotion, who gets the good grade, who gets their books published. They are never questioned, because of this position of authority that they hold. No one asks about their implicit biases. But really, who are they to decide? How many talented, qualified people of color have been turned away because of these gatekeepers? I’m sure the count is too high to note.

Alejandro Diaz writes extensively on culture, politics, and the workplace.