#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?