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Frederick Baba

A Goldman Executive Has Advice for His White Colleagues

Expressions of solidarity are appreciated. Here’s what I would appreciate more.

The list just keeps getting longer.

The list just keeps getting longer.

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To everyone who's asked me some variant of "how's it going?" over the past month, I've probably lied. Or lacked the words to articulate it fully, but I’m giving it a shot.

Obviously, my experience is just one along a continuum of black experiences, and I don't presume to speak for all black people — or even all black people at Goldman Sachs, where I have worked for six years. But the past few months have been demoralizing, and family/friends/colleagues I've spoken with and listened to across the firm and country seem to share this feeling.