20 Totally Relatable #BlackWomenAtWork Tweets

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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?

https://twitter.com/segnoria/status/846824483361079296

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!

https://twitter.com/IluvTheFlash1/status/846835509607456769

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…

https://twitter.com/legend_cabello/status/846825872095154184

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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63 thoughts on “20 Totally Relatable #BlackWomenAtWork Tweets

  1. It is so important to continue to support one another. That is why I challenge women who feel that the feminist movement is not needed at this time because women have equal rights to work, vote, etc. There are emotional and social concerns that are target women of color in the workplace and tries to push down our essence because we defy the standard of beauty. Popular culture wants us to look a certain way, so I make sure to wear braids, afros and whatever natural style I want to defy their prejudices and biases. Thank you Alexis for sharing these tweets.

    1. I agree. But the point of the blog post though was that these sentiments are not just against women of colour. It’s against everyone. There are men of colour and White women who are questioned in the same way, because of gender and ethnicity. Feminism is a human rights issue. I think it’s important not to drive a divisive line, or we can never have collective support.

      1. I agree with that as well. It is about equality for all, our differences valued as equal. I was just commenting about a reality that I saw in the posts, that black women or women of color can be a greater target due to our hair, etc. Thank you for sharing again! Great post. 💋

      2. Yes, the hair is definitely a problem. I’m not sure if you read my “translating becky with the good hair” or “go ahead – touch it”, but those covered that extensively.

        I realise though that when other ethnic groups feel comfortable enough to discuss Blackness with Black people, on equal and unbiased grounds, the results are amazing.

        The bias against Black hair does need to be tackled. Like you, that’s why I chose a natural hair style, and a permanent one. I chose dreads. 🙂

      3. No I haven’t read those but I would love to. Where can I find them?

        And yes, it is something that as feminist, we need continue to discuss because the bias against natural hair exists and it effects how we are treated.

  2. I taught and was a Director at an HBCU with mostly black men and white women adminstrators. They always treated me like I was totally incompetent by refusing to listening to my input, funny thing I accomplished more and stayed longer than most of them and received many awards from the students. I am so glad I am retired and happy. I prayed and read my Bible everyday while working at the “plantation”

  3. 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.

    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.

  4. 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!

    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.

  5. 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

    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.

  6. 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. 🙃

    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.

  7. 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.”

    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.

    2. I have gotten so many disrespectful comments that were unintentional from my white co-workers about my hair…it drives me crazy, just say you like it and shut up!

      1. That, I don’t agree with. I pen racism on intention. If someone is trying to be nice and friendly but honestly doesn’t know what to say, I think the better route is to educate them on what’s appropriate. And even that changes per person. I really don’t care when they touch my hair, but I know a lot of people have issues with that.

      2. I definitely have a issue with people touching my hair without asking. I was commenting on one specific post that is relatable to me. We should obviously educate others, my point was that it is bothersome, and I wished that their was more empathy or a willingness to understand from those who are unfamiliar with something, like hair texture.

      3. Hmmm… wouldn’t wanting to touch it be curiosity and therefore a willingness to know more? They should ask first. Hair is part of a woman’s body. But I personally don’t care.

        I grew up in a very diverse multiracial family, had an equally diverse group of friends, and have mostly dated outside my race.

        We have always been curious about each other’s hair, and want to touch and understand it.

        To me, that’s a sign of curiosity and willingness to understand and learn. I don’t think any of us really felt bothered by it, and I never took offence. I would rather they be curious and want to know, than to recoil, know nothing, and judge.

        But I’m raised in a different culture than you are. A person views Blackness a little differently when raised in a Black majority, instead of a Black minority.

      4. If someone asks, I have no problem with the curiosity, but rolling up on me and touching my hair is a no-no. Lol. I also had a very cultured childhood with friends from multiple backgrounds. It was important to me and now, for my daughter to be well-rounded and to see value in differences.

        Black majority vs. Black minority ubringing does make a major difference in our outlook. Great point.

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