Sexist and racial abuse of black women at work is more than a common occurrence.
Some white people take delight in bullying black women at work without concern for being held accountable by their employer. You might say the statement, “some white people” is too encompassing. No. I don’t think so. Disrespecting and demeaning black women at work is common place in America.Young black girls suffer experience many of the same discrimination at school and at play.
Bill O’Reilly – Fox News
On Tuesday’s morning 3-28 episode of “Fox & Friends,” the network’s Bill O’Reilly mocked Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Ca.).Mr. O’Reilly said he was too distracted by her “James Brown” wig to listen to anything she had to say about President Donald Trump. He has since issued an apology, claiming it was all “a jest.” Mr. O’Reilly’s apology was less than sincere. His chuckles while giving the apology was a clear indication he really did not give a damn. His attitude, in my opinion, is straight out of Donald Trump’s playbook – so she’s a highly respected senior Congresswoman – so what ! .Representative Maxine Waters, D-Calif, tweeted that she “cannot be intimidated”
The Twitter account, @MsPackyetti, started the hashtag #BlackWomenAtWork so that Black women could share their own experiences of dealing with racism and sexism when interacting with their bosses and colleagues. This happens to black women everyday at work.
Below are a few of the posts.
1: When a coworker reaches out to touch my hair without asking, but I was told I was wrong when I removed her hands
2: If we had a dollar every time someone asks about our hair, we could reduce the racial and gender pay gap
3: me: Wears hair natural to work.
Boss: You look like a jungle princess.
me: **hardest eye roll since teenage years**
4 :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.
5: Visitor: “Can I speak to the principal?” Me:”I am the principal.”
6: Pulling into my own reserved parking space and being told by a random WW that cleaning people can’t park there
7: A big donor said, in front of my CEO + a board chair, “I’ll give you this pledge once you explain your blue nail polish.”
8: coworkers always w/ the “you look angry” when in actuality- quiet & working.
9 Being quiet = lacks confidence. Speaks up = too emotional. Expresses confidence = angry Black woman.
10: Them: Can I speak to the pharmacist?
Me: I am the pharmacist.
Them: Oh, I thought it him (points to the white tech)
11: *Dad sends gift to office.
Boss: “I didn’t know you had a dad!”
12: Being the expert at your job yet constantly having ppl explain it to you
13: while another first year associate (like me) at the firm had HOT PINK HAIR. Nobody said shit to her
14: Having to wear a straight wig to the interview instead of your fro to even get the job
15: Me: hey I really loved this script..is that role open?
Them: Oh, we aren’t will to “go ethnic” on that role
Share your Maxine and April Ryan moments, so people don’t think this is rare.
Use #BlackWomenAtWork — Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) March 28, 2017
Just click on the #BlackWomenAtWork hashtag to read many more tweets like these. And let them all serve as reminders of what not to say and do to the Black women who work for you and work with you at your jobs.
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