Can you use your career path to help your people? Sure Can. Marilyn Mosby, the state’s attorney for Baltimore, announced criminal charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray. She is an outstanding example of why Lean In, Keisha is essential for the evolution of modern society! And just think, she is only one 35 year old women. Imagine if just 20% of the college educated women of color in our nation aspired to hold a higher position or office.
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. -Mark Twain
#RaceTogether at Starbucks today! Ordered my drink and realized how anti-climatic this excusion turned out to be..... I was wrong.
Just as I was thinking "This isn't for me!" I was confronted with my own prejudice. I peeked a fair skinned, long curly haired girl. Obviously biracial. As per usual protocol, I looked for the parents. Her mother "Ann" quietly awaited her Chai Tea. I sat sipping on my frappé as I reflected on the marriage rates for black female professionals. Smh- this is why! In this moment, I saw the little girl cautiously peaking up me. She was curious and only about 10 years old. Something clicked, and I realized this little girl had grown accustom to feeling HATE from black women simply for who her mother was! I stared down at my cup "RaceTogether" and decided that today I would make a change. I greeted the little girl's next glance with a smile and "Hello". The Mother, twisting- looked over at me. This was it. I smiled again and casually added "You have a beautiful daughter". Shocked and uncomfortable, she replied "Thank You".
What does this have to do with Lean In Keisha? Race Relations are important in the office. I need to be able to work with anyone. When I see Black Men with a white woman, I shall not flinch. I shall not cut my eye. First of all, because it's a distraction from my work. Secondly, they could have a little girl whose watching me.
What do you think? Should Black Women self reflect on her race relations?