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Being Black In the Work Place-A Poem

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They take my kindness for weakness. They take my silence for speechless. They consider my uniqueness strange. They see my confidence as conceit. They see my mistakes as defeat. They consider my success accidental. They minimize my intelligence to "potential". My questions mean "I'm unaware". My advancement is somehow unfair. Any praise is preferential treatment. To voice concern is discontentment. If I stand up for myself, I'm too defensive. If I don't trust them, I'm too apprehensive. I'm defiant if I separate. Yet, I'm fake if I assimilate. So, constantly I am faced with work place hate. My character is constantly under attack. Pride for my race makes me, "TOO BLACK". Yet, I can only be me. And, who am I you might ask? I am that Strong Black Person.... Who stands on the backs of my ancestor's? Achievements, with an erect spine pointing to the stars with pride, dignity and respect which lets the work place in America know, that I not only possess the ability to play by the rules, but I can make them as Well!
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How many of you feel like this? Don't bow down, stay standing tall and confident.

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  1. General Kenyatta's Avatar
    My Sister Queen, this is brilliantly written !!! It expresses the essence of ourselves in many respects but more than that, it expresses the essence of them in relationship to us. The Answer?...Just be all the Afrakan Woman that you can, for the world can ask no more of you than that....and if they ask for more tell them to kiss a cats behind because ours is to precious for their lips to touch !!!
  2. Love2Learn's Avatar
    lol @ keita.

    Vida, you hit the nail on the head. You said what I feel. If you don't mind I want to reprint this poem and put it in my cubicle at work.
  3. Sis. Elder Shakaryah's Avatar
    Vida, thank you for this blog. Eye had a different attitude when Eye was in the workforce. Eye read the Bible alot, and read a scripture (parphrasing): Work not for your masters as men pleasers, yet for the LORD. That was what Eye did. Eye respected those who were in charge of me, therefore Eye gained respect, promotions and the invites to become apart of management. Eye gave my best, enjoyed using my gifts, talents, skills and abilities so that Eye would use them for myself one day. Eye respected myself, and worked according to their house rules, whether they liked me or not. That was my character with everyone, whether black or white. Love you, Shalam.