One would think that in 2017, trending hashtags would not be as heavy as the one most recently taking over timelines: #BlackWomenAtWork.
I will selfishly admit that I thought I was the only one to experience similar scenarios to the ones included in the hashtag; but hopefully, like myself, the rest of the world realizes the plight #BlackWomenAtWork experience.
The hashtag blew up after #MaxineWaters was a victim of blatant ignorance. Fox News host Bill O’Reilly made the comment: “I didn’t hear a word she said, I was looking at the James Brown wig,” after Maxine made comments about Donnie.
Here’s a glimpse of what it’s like for #BlackWomenAtWork as told by Black women:
I am a strong black woman. I cannot be intimidated, and I’m not going anywhere. #BlackWomenAtWork @maxinewaters
A customer once said to me, “It’s great to have you in our country!” after I rang her up 😩#BlackWomenAtWork @eastafriqueen1
When a coworker reaches out to touch my hair without asking, but I was told I was wrong when I removed her hands #BlackWomenatWork @ravendamaven
Appeared in suburban court in suit looking for my client.Judge says”Have a seat. Your lawyer will be here shortly” #BlackWomenAtWork @lawlynda
Being told by a white male coworker I look like bob Marley when my hair is in two strand twist 🤔#BlackWomenAtWork @Ariellajudah
Being quiet = lacks confidence. Speaks up = too emotional. Expresses confidence = angry Black woman. #BlackWomenAtWork @dee_mcgee
Me: *files sexual harassment report*
HR: He says ‘he doesn’t find himselfattracted’ to black women. So are you sure?” #BlackWomenAtWork @shnsbrn
Was once asked if I was sure that I was from Gary Indiana because “You’re too well spoken”. #BlackWomenWork @krbeautyinc
Is that your real hair?Can I touch it? Hell no! #BlackWomenWork @uknowlove23
For over 12 years, I aided in the production of a composers workshop. Many thought I was the assistant. Until I spoke.#BlackWomenWork
If you question a someone’s actions, your argumentative…#BlackWomenWork @MsMauda
Sometimes comments are made out of ignorance — a true lack of knowledge, however, that doesn’t excuse the fact that black women have been fighting a never ending battle. If you are #BlackWomanAtWork, continue to be unapologetic in what you do.
P.S. Your hair is beautiful as it is–whether it’s straight, in locs, or an Afro reaching for the sky!
What are some of your experiences, #Roomies?! Let’s chat 🙂
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