“Black women on Twitter are fed up with the way they are treated in the workplace so they are sharing their experiences on Twitter.
Activist Brittany Packnett kicked off the hashtag #BlackWomenAtWork on Tuesday afternoon in response to the disrespectful ways in which two prominent black women were treated by public figures throughout the day.
Packnett said that both incidents were unacceptable, but also unfortunately familiar.
“I’m surrounded everyday by brilliant, confident, incredible black professional women who get demeaned despite their prowess. Today, I was over it,” Packnett told The Huffington Post. “I have deep an abiding respect for Congresswoman Waters and Ms. Ryan who are both trailblazers in their fields. They are to be respected, just like every other black woman who rises each day to contribute to this society in ways that are all-too-often taken for granted.”
C: I wish people would start stressing the importance of more black/POC mental health professionals. After 7 years of battling depression my family finally decided to seek out a counselor for me. My only problem now is damn near every counselor in my area is white. Take that however you want to, but when a portion of your depression deals with your identity as a black female, racism and the struggles you experience because of it, it’s pretty hard to open up to someone who can never relate.
I never take for granted being able to authentically be me at work- an openly gay HIV positive man.
These ladies, my co workers, are beautiful inside and out, good friends , and lesbians. Although neither is HIV positive, their compassion to help anybody in need is what made me connect with them.
We’ve deeply discussed how my AIDS diagnosis in the 90s was an example of how people they knew with the same diagnosis were horribly treated back then.
We don’t judge or knock those who aren’t as open as we are at work because many can’t do it or are more private, but we are proof that LGBT people of African descent are and can be themselves while employed.
We talk to each other about our significant others, always offering moral support, and on a daily basis step up within our professions as mental health clinicians!
YOU ARE BLACK and just because you can work with and talk to a be around white people doesn’t change that because at the end of the day you are still black and they will hate you just like the rest of us the minute you no longer fit their ideal professional black women steryotypes
Over 150 young black professionals who love travel connected over the fare glitch to Dubai for Memorial Day Weekend. They chartered 3 yachts, had non-stop fun, cultural experiences became new friends and created amazing memories. That’s organization, beauty & black excellence. Check out the hashtag #150UAEvenKnowIt. Thanks for the tag @lil_ol_v! #UAE #soultravel
Last night I showed my (non black) roommates a big fluffy crochet braid hairstyle that I want. They’ve only seen me with straight/wavy weaves. They weren’t fond of it, but whatever. But one of them, who has curly hair, decided to to tell me all about how if you have curly hair you HAVE to straighten it for co-op (our school’s internship program). And how she has a white friend with extremely kinky curls had to straighten hers. I suggested that I could put it a bun and she still said it “wasn’t respectable” in the field I study. I cited many black lawyers and policy makers with natural hair, including the former State Senator of Missouri. Her response was “Well you aren’t going to be a Senator.” Is it just me or did she have me fucked up? I have held many jobs and as long as I’ve kept my hair out of my face, no one has ever told me I HAVE TO have straight hair.