I need black women to stop fighting on TV. A black woman runs the risk of being viewed as emotionally unstable, angry, or aggressive anytime she speaks up in an office. Yes, reality TV and media is partially to blame, however, as young black women, we need to get over that. For decades, we have stayed quiet in the office, acted with grace and never speaking up in an effort to appear docile. We are so busy acting as representatives of 'Good Black Women Incorporated' that we compromise our ability to execute the task at hand with our full power. You are purposely sabotaging yourself. So what is more important: getting a promotion or representing GBW inc.?
MYTH BUSTER. Black Women think the best way to advance her career is to disassociate herself with any characteristics of the 'bossy common black women' and negate any opportunity to assume authority.
As a little girl, I remember my god-mother turning down a promotion because 'When you get promoted, coworkers start treating you differently (negative connotation)'. Even as a little girl, that didn't make sense to me because it wasn't bad when the men got promoted! The fear is very real. We've been following that protocol for decades now and guess what? The method is ineffective! It's not working. Only 5.3% of African American Women are in professional managerial positions.
You always should act professionally; but there is a way to respectfully way to interject your opinion. During a meeting, a very forward thought will cross your mind, but you will not speak up. You think, "Oh, I better not". A couple seconds later, someone else addresses the problem. Well, that person will now lead the project. Eventually, I came to the conclusion that I am going to be stereotyped regardless. SO I can just be a stereotypical professional intelligent black women with a VP office.