Black People : 20 WAYS TO KNOW YOU'RE BLACK

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  1. river

    river Watch Her Flow MEMBER

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    http://www.littleafrica.com/20ways.html

    1. A coworker sees you and several black colleagues at a casual lunch. Back at the office he/she later asks, "What was that meeting all about?"

    2. You arrive at work on time as usual. Your boss, making her rounds, peeks in and remarks with surprise, "Oh, you're here!"

    3. A colleague says with a broad smile, "You know, I really like you. When I see you, I don't see color. I don't think of you as black."

    4. After a staff meeting, your boss suggests, "you need to work at making others more comfortable with you...why don't you smile more often?"

    5. You tell your manager about a problem you are having and the response you get is "You've got to be exaggerating! I find that hard to believe."

    6. You are told you are "rough around the edges" despite your completion of many professional development programs and it is suggested you emulate the behavior of a non-person of color colleague.

    7. You continually get more responsibility, but no authority.

    8. You are being recognized at a company banquet. As you approach the stage to receive your company's highest achievement award, your corporations' top executive exclaims, "Yo homeboy, congratulations".

    9. You arrive at an offsite business retreat dressed in business casual attire. Your non-persons of color peers approach and ask why you are always so dressed up?

    10. You are told you are decreasing your effectiveness with your aggressive style.

    11. You are frequently asked why you change your hairstyle so often.

    12. Your first name is arbitrarily shortened to one or two syllables without your permission.

    13. You are asked every summer if black people tan.

    14. After a coworker returns from a weekend in the sun, they run to you on Monday morning and extend their arms to touch yours and say, "Hey I'm darker than you".

    15. Walking through the hall with colleagues, you exchange greetings with two other blacks you pass along the way. Your colleague says in amazement, "My you know so many people."

    16. You are told your attitude is affecting others. You are asked to..."lighten up, not be so serious about the work. Smile and laugh more often, to make others more comfortable working with you".

    17. You realize that at times you must "dumb down" appearing to be dependent and unaware, so that your manager and peers feel they are helping you...

    18. You have to perform at 250% just to stay even.

    19. You have to document everything. You've learned the hard way.

    20. You assumed that all that was required of you was to work hard and get the job done.
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    Someone who happened to view the above list, wanted to add his own points. Read below...

    Being Black In The Work Place Of America

    1. They take my kindness for weakness.

    2. They take my silence for speechless.

    3. They consider my uniqueness strange.

    4. They call my language slang.

    5. They see my confidence as conceit.

    6. They see my mistakes as defeat.

    7. They consider my success accidental.

    8. They minimize my intelligence to "potential".

    9. My questions mean I'm unaware.

    10. My advancement is somehow unfair.

    11. Any praise is preferential treatment.

    12. To voice concern is discontentment.

    13. If I stand up for myself, I'm too defensive.

    14. If I don't trust them, I'm too apprehensive.

    15. I'm defiant if I separate.

    16. I'm fake if I assimilate.

    17. Yet, constantly I am faced with work place hate.

    18. My character is constantly under attack.

    19. Pride for my race makes me, "TOO BLACK".

    20. Yet, I can only be me.

    21. And, who am I you might ask?

    22. 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.

    23. BLACK AND PROUD!!!


    courtesy of FreemanInstitute.com
     
  2. Africana

    Africana Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Lol

    This was funny, SO TRUE, and inspiring.
     
  3. roarin1

    roarin1 Banned MEMBER

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    This is good. Very good.

    (And even putrid.)

    Funny? Arghhhh.......!

    ROARIN.......
     
  4. oldiesman

    oldiesman Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    20 ways...

    i'll tell you something funnier than that...i work for a black company and have heard some of those remarks.
     
  5. $$RICH$$

    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    word up .....sho ya right this indeed say it all and that u black
     
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