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!"— K 😉 (@kayewinks) March 28, 2017
Hair natural: "Could you pls wear your hair neat like it was when we hired you?" #BlackWomenAtWork
9. I Just Love your Work!
10. So Unprofessional.
"Never wear those braids again. This looks so professional." – A college dean to me.— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) March 28, 2017
I went and got waist-length twists. #BlackWomenAtWork
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.
#BlackWomenAtWork— Rhoda Tamakloe (@RhodaTamakloe) March 28, 2017
When you keep getting called articulate like it's code word for 'safe negress'
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!