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July 2020

Post #5: Macroaggressions and cheese…

The working world is an interesting place for black women. I secured my first “real” job at 22. It was a research position. My PI was a polite and hardworking man with a thick English accent. That being said, there were other circumstances that made the job somewhat challenging. At the time, I didn’t have a car. The commute required me to take three buses to work. Often times, I would work longer than my scheduled hours. There was an incident in which someone posted an incredibly insensitive poster on the door of the graduate student office (I’m about 99% sure of who it was). The poster included an image of shackled AA slaves to emphasize “how PIs see graduate students”. Being the only AA in the lab, I complained and the poster was removed.

I can recount other instances throughout the years that have made my short working career pretty interesting. All I will say is that it adds another level of stress to already stressful jobs. I would be lying if I said that I am not envious of my coworkers who do not have the same struggles (be it due to race or gender/sex).

What are some macroaggressions you’ve had to deal with at work?

4 replies on “Post #5: Macroaggressions and cheese…”

I feel you sis. Your time to have everything you desire is coming… just keep working hard, speaking up and being you!

I started working early in life because I had to help my mom pay bills because she was a struggling single mom. By the time I got to your age, I was working deep in corporate jobs. I was always the youngest person there by at least 10 years. Although I did my job well, majority of them always came at me with these “you’re a baby” jokes or who did I know in order to get the job… always something along those lines. Why couldn’t I just be a hard working and deserving black woman that worked hard to get there. It was annoying. I never spoke up much about it. I wish I had.

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Smh this is such an shame and real thing that happens everyday in the work place. I had an incident one time at work where they had watermelon in our cafeteria that day and my white boss comes to my office to tell me and I said to him “I don’t like watermelon” and he made a face and said “I thought all of you liked watermelon!”. I was so disgusted! But I can talk about this for hours! Let’s just keep pushing and hopefully one day we won’t have to work for anybody!

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Wow that is really sad that you had to deal with that. I have not seen anything as blunt as that, but I have seen black women speak and give ideas in meetings, and it was forgotten and not addressed, but 5 minutes later, a white male said the same thing and it was praised.

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It’s so mind-boggling that we are still dealing with stuff like this in 2020. You would think after a while we would be numb to it. But I get that same pit in my stomach feeling when situations like this happen. Great post! oh yeah, I love the title.

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