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.
1. Where’s the Guy Who Wrote the Code?
2. You Can’t be Manager. But You can Train Them.
#BlackWomenAtWork they had me train all the men with no experience, who signed on with higher pay than me. but never promoted me.
— morenaje (@bad_dominicana) March 28, 2017
3. Use What You’ve Got Sister!
The white man colleague who told me to "use what I've got" when another white man-a donor- hit on me in a meeting. #BlackWomenAtWork
— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) March 28, 2017
4. WoW! So Well-Spoken!
If I had a dollar for everyone who was surprised by my eloquence, I could close both the racial and gender wealth gaps. #BlackWomenatWork
— kimberly rose drew (@museummammy) March 29, 2017
5. You? Really!
When they say, "I had no idea that you were ___________" #BlackWomenAtWork
— CarolHampton (@champton) March 29, 2017
6. Hansel, Gretel & Scapegoat
Feeling as if I MUST keep a paper trail of everything I do, because someone will attempt to use me as their scapegoat. #BlackWomenAtWork
— Auntie Apothecary (@fancyfeet07) March 29, 2017
7. Where’s the Manager???
#BlackWomenAtWork Client asked to speak to a manager. I said that was me. So she asked to speak to the owner. I said that would also be ME.
— Nicole20Pearls (@PrettyGirl1170) March 28, 2017
8. Umm… Where Is Becky with the ‘Good Hair’?
Hair straightened: "You've got the job!"
Hair natural: "Could you pls wear your hair neat like it was when we hired you?" #BlackWomenAtWork
— K 😉 (@kayewinks) March 28, 2017
9. I Just Love your Work!
10. So Unprofessional.
"Never wear those braids again. This looks so professional." – A college dean to me.
I went and got waist-length twists. #BlackWomenAtWork
— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) March 28, 2017
11. Help Can’t Park Here!
Pulling into my own reserved parking space and being told by a random WW that cleaning people can't park there. #BlackWomenAtWork
— Gina Prince-Bythewood (@GPBmadeit) March 28, 2017
12. You Own the Firm??
I am not the assistant, law clerk, nor the defendant, peach. The one you think is in charge is my client. I own the firm.#blackwomenatwork
— AmeriKraut (@AmeriKraut) March 28, 2017
13. Too Sassy!
Having to be hyper aware of your words when you give feedback because you don't wanna sound angry or sassy #BlackWomenAtWork
— Frances Moffett (@FrannyMMM) March 29, 2017
14. You’re Fired!
Actually got fired for not being a "team player" bc I wouldn't hang out outside of work, or eat lunch w group. #BlackWomenAtWork
— Sophia Petrillo (@D0MXNXQUE) March 28, 2017
15. Can’t Congratulate You. Sorry. Not Sorry.
Achieved highest performance results on staff. Wasn't congratulated by boss b/c he didn't want to make others feel bad. #BlackWomenAtWork
— Tori (@ToriJoi) March 28, 2017
16. Kinky Locks – Too Naughty for Corporate
#BlackWomenAtWork *Pulls me to the side*…You are very smart & great at your job but you would get so much further if you change your hair.
— Trudy Brown (@RADIANZBEAUTY) March 29, 2017
17. Code for Safe Negress.
When you keep getting called articulate like it's code word for 'safe negress'
— Rhoda Tamakloe (@RhodaTamakloe) March 28, 2017
18. Can’t Hire you with Natural Hair.
Your hair needs to be more relaxed (permed) if we hire you..not how you have it now (natural pinned up)…#BlackWomenAtWork
— Empress CoCo (@coco_goodness) March 29, 2017
19. You’re So Funny…
20. Kiss A$$ – Or Get Out
Being asked whether I "want to be here" because people find me "intimidating" if I don't smile all the time. #BlackWomenAtWork
— 💋 Paprika Patty 💋 (@KayReneeESQ) March 28, 2017
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.
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!
Our team mates span 3 nationalities & countries, and 2 species. #Diversity is important to us. https://t.co/j8XvNrIfsJ #squadgoals
— Alexis Chateau PR (@AlexisChateauPR) March 29, 2017
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