As HR professionals we spend a lot of time carefully wording non-discrimination policies. We brainstorm diversity efforts. We talk about inclusion with the utmost sincerity.
Commendable and necessary, but for anyone who has had to conduct an investigation, there is no denying that racism is ugly. And I'd venture to say that it's even uglier after everyone goes home for the day.
Need proof? Watch the hate crimes featured on the evening news, or go online and read reactions to world events, the most hateful posts written by those who opt to remain anonymous (which alone signals to me that they know they are choosing wrong over right).