Being Black in the Work Place


Here is an anonymous poem I thought of sharing with all; it reflects the life of so many in the workplace in the West. Enjoy!


Being Black in the Work Place

They take my kindness for weakness. They take my silence for speechless. They consider my uniqueness strange. They call my language slang. 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 am too apprehensive. I’m defiant if I separate. Yet, I am 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 ancestors. 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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2 thoughts on “Being Black in the Work Place

  1. Yes! It’s an uphill battle but my advice to young Black People in the workplace is to get the knowledge and experience then strike out on your own.

    Don’t stay in toxic workplace environments. I took Early Retirement in August and stepped out on Faith. Gradually my physical health is improving and My Spirit is Soaring. I’m Blessed!


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