A black person grows up in this country – and in many places – knowing that racism will be as familiar as salt to the tongue. Also, it can be as dangerous as too much salt. I think that you must struggle for betterment for yourself and for everyone. ~Maya Angelou
I always like to believe that we have made progress with this whole “racism thing”. Then I turn on the T.V. or go to brunch with my girls and it’s the topic of conversation. To NO surprise we all have a story to tell, about a racist encounter we have had recently. My cousin’s story stood out to me the most at brunch. My cousin is very very smart, has a great job at a well known firm, and she is the only African American woman in her office. She has felt uncomfortable at times but all in all it has been a good experience so far. All her employees get together once a month for happy hour. This time at happy hour her boss thought it was a GREAT idea to do “funny” office superlatives. My cousin’s superlative was “Most Likely to Marry a Thug”. Like why was that ever okay? My cousin was very embarrassed and was left speechless, that night. Why would someone with so much going for herself want a thug? She also didn’t know what to say because she didn’t want to go into angry black girl mode. It is very hard as a Black woman to keep your composure and not get “Rachet” when a racist comment are made day to day. It is comments like this that make me believe that not much has changed. I am learning that racism simply stems from ignorance!