20 Totally Relatable #BlackWomenAtWork Tweets

Earlier this week, I logged into the company’s Twitter account to see madness on our timeline. Apparently, a Fox News anchor and the White House spokesman made some disparaging remarks about congresswoman Maxine Waters, and a reporter by the name of April Ryan.

The end result was an online protest where Black women tweeted under the hashtag #BlackWomenAtWork. I re-posted many of the tweets via the company account, and added our own voice to the clamour. I then compiled a list of the 20 most relatable posts.

Whether you’re a White woman, Black man, or an immigrant, these are scenarios we can all relate to as fellow second-class citizens and residents around the world.

Enjoy!

1. Where’s the Guy Who Wrote the Code?

2. You Can’t be Manager. But You can Train Them.

3. Use What You’ve Got Sister!

4. WoW! So Well-Spoken!

5. You? Really!

6. Hansel, Gretel & Scapegoat

7. Where’s the Manager???

8. Umm… Where Is Becky with the ‘Good Hair’?

9. I Just Love your Work!

10. So Unprofessional.

11. Help Can’t Park Here!

12. You Own the Firm??

13. Too Sassy!

14. You’re Fired!

15. Can’t Congratulate You. Sorry. Not Sorry.

16. Kinky Locks – Too Naughty for Corporate

17. Code for Safe Negress.

18. Can’t Hire you with Natural Hair.

19. You’re So Funny…

20. Kiss A$$ – Or Get Out

What are some of the discriminating experiences you have witnessed or suffered in the workplace? It doesn’t matter what colour, creed, or gender we are – we’ve all had them. How did you respond? And what advice do you have for others going through the same experience.

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PS: After completing this list, I noticed one hell of a coincidence. Just before the madness started on Twitter, here is the social media post Alexis Chateau PR sent out for the day. The tweet was scheduled a month ago, so this is beyond funny to me. You might as well call me Miss Cleo!

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48 Comments Add yours

  1. Coworker: “You look so pretty with your hair straightened!”

    Me: goes back to only wearing it natural

    or

    Coworker who regularly comes in with oily hair: “So how often do you wash your hair?”

    Me: “…once a week, it’d get dry if I washed it every day like you do.”

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    1. Wow! I can definitely relate to this. In fact, I dated a guy once who met me when I started my locs, but saw a picture of me with my hair straightened. He asked me why I didn’t keep my hair like that, because the locs were cool but that looked better.

      I told him if he wants a minority-girlfriend with straight hair to find himself a Mexican or Asian and stay away from Black women.

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  2. Teherah says:

    Accurate!!! It would be nice to be allowed to work without some people treating you like their science experiment.
    “I can’t work you out.”
    Maybe because I don’t know let’s take a wild guess…I don’t want you to. I’m at work not on the plantation, I don’t have to engage in trivial conversations because I look different. 🙃

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    1. Thank you! I think the problem is centered in the stereotypes they use to explain our differences, which are often wrong; and then the fact that they want the actual differences to disappear in the work space by conforming to their way of working and communicating. There is professional, and then there’s just ethnocentrism.

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  3. Leslie says:

    It really is too bad that all of these scenarios are so damn resonant!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Yes, it certainly is!

      Like

  4. The hair thing gets me – “we love your hair straight” .

    I also hate the racist joke thing – I have to watch my responses but a polite ( sometimes not so polite) check always sets it straight

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    1. I’ve been getting the hair remark since high school. Straight hair is always considered to be “more appropriate” and “more professional”.

      I don’t think anyone has tried the racist joke with me just yet at work. It happens outside of work though. I have many approaches to that, one of which is just a blank stare, or sometimes I’ll throw a witty comeback their way.

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      1. The blank stare works for everything !

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      2. LoL! You’re probably right about that.

        Liked by 1 person

  5. Shandean™ says:

    I was once asked to wear longer, looser and less high heels by a HR director because the ‘older ladies’ were uncomfortable with how I looked and the project I was working on. Apparently, their being in rhe department 20 years and the director seeing me ‘the new, little girl’ as the only one competent for the project was an issue.

    Girl if my heels didn’t get higher and my stockings darker. Kmt!

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    1. LoL! I had the same problem when I was working in corporate in Jamaica.

      One time a supervisor reported me for my skirt and wanted to send me home. The manager came in and called me aside. When she saw me she started laughing.

      I was like, what’s so funny?? She told me the supervisor told her I was wearing a batty rider. I gave her the ruler I brought with me and told her to measure the skirt. She said don’t bother with the foolishness. Just go back to my desk because she already knew it met company requirements.

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  6. Samantha says:

    Oh my… These are awful! How can this still be happening in 2017?
    I was always looked down upon when I worked in stores. Not sure if it was because I am a woman or because everyone just assumed I had to be stupid for not having a better job.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yes, they are terrible. A lot of these women work in corporate though or owned their own business, and that didn’t safeguard them at all.

      I didn’t know store clerk were looked down upon.

      Sometimes I wonder if it’s really 2017.

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      1. Samantha says:

        I agree on your last statement. You’d think the human race’d be more evolved than we show we are.

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      2. Apparently not. 🙁

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