ASK LADY A
Dear Lady A,
Recently my company CEO sent out a very general email attempting to promoting unity during these times of protest which represents a genuine and legitimate frustration over decades of failure to reform police practices. He failed to appeal to his black employees l, in fact, our suffering was not acknowledged at all. I think that now is the time to be intentional with our words and actions and not hide behind the politically correct generalizations that have swept the reality of American racism against its black citizens under the rug for far too long. How do I address this with him?
Ignored Black Employee
Dear Ignored Black Employee,
I want to first say that it is utterly disappointing that time and time again people of color have to defend their color while on the job. The insensitive remarks, jokes, email, and even disgruntled looks around the office often go unaddressed or talked about during the most important meetings. As an employee, you have every right to address with the CEO how you feel and what it did to your confidence in working for such a company as well as with his leadership. My suggestion is having one on one dialogue with him so that one of his white ego (Assuming he is white) is not bruised and the message doesn’t get lost in translation if others are around. Second, I would have analogies and examples ready so that your broken spirit speaks common since to the uncommon character of the insensitive CEO.
A Message From Lady A
I want to say that in such a time like this where hearts and souls are shattered with the incompetence of those that disregard us because of skin color, YOU ARE VALID.
With every insult, racial slur, and stuttering laugh as our last breath leaves our Black Bodies, YOU ARE LOVED.
Never hold your head down in shame as they call you not by your name, but hold your head up high because the sun confirms your existence, We the people are not clear but bronzed with the suns kisses and we leave this earth as the true soil that helped it uprise from the ground.
Your pain, your tears, your screams left behind as an echo in the night did not unnoticed but simply plays as the anthem to our uprise against this damaged nation. WE SEE YOU; WE LOVE YOU; WE ARE YOU…
I AM A BLACK WOMAN HEAR ME LOUD AND PROUD. WE TIRED…Lady A