a couple years ago,
there was an article that was written about a powerful white hyena who was moonlighting as a movie mogul.
it spoke about how he would use his power to make actresses do unspeakable things for roles in his movies.
even though one black actress spoke out,
it was the majority of a-list white actresses that helped make his disgusting behavior go viral.
that once powerful hyena was brought down to the pits of hell and the #metoo movement was born.
the end result is he’s powerless,
sitting in a wheelchair at rikers,
while sexual harassment was highlighted in the entertainment industry and corporate.
it’s no secret that black people have a lot to endure a lot within those spaces.
when we finally make it to a company that is “for us; by us”,
you often feel like a refugee coming into a new world.
the first few days or weeks can be absolutely amazing,
but it’s a whole different story once the honeymoon phase is over.
i was engrossed in an article i was reading yesterday by “black female anonymous” on “medium”.
it was a bombshell about what black vixens allegedly go through working at essence magazine…
it saddened me because it mirrored the exact same treatment myself and so many others have dealt/dealing with.
if you ask anyone,
they’ll say working under some black folks can be a horrible experience.
black folks can be just as evil as our oppressors once we get into power.
we forget how we were treated on the come up and duplicate that same behavior with those under us.
i had to wonder…
Why is getting abused by other black people in leadership okay?
why is it okay to breakdown other blacks,
but play this fake game of “for us; by us”?
this might be a controversial statement but…
Many black people tend to live in a state of lack.
we stay thinking:
if we get rid of “said black person” or “said black company”,
we won’t have anyone to represent us!”
why would we want legit demons behind closed doors being the faces of our culture?
you don’t know how many times i’ve worked in a corporate office,
with a terror of a black person at the helm,
and the attitude is “this is just the way it is” in full defeat.
no one speaks out in fear of being fired or blacklisted.
i can understand that,
because we have to survive,
but isn’t that an abuse of power?
we have to tolerate being treated horribly just so we can acquire a livelihood?
#blm teaches us that our black lives matter,
and it has brought down many racist and toxic white folks,
but what it doesn’t teach us is that all skinfolk ain’t kinfolk.
the thing is…
We can’t stand in solidarity with toxic black folks while creating these changes.
we can’t admire these toxic black folks and spaces speaking about #blm,
but behind closed doors,
they are the leaders in destroying black lives and careers.
we have to create change within our community and culture if we want to see the full benefits.
this includes involving the black lbgt community as well.
one thing i’ve noticed about other races,
especially white folks,
is they’ll protect their own.
they move like an exclusive club almost.
i’ve seen white folks ban together to bring down those who are liabilities.
it’s all about reputation and stopping bags.
since we don’t have a ton of ownership,
we don’t speak out in fear of our reputations and if they’ll stop our bags.
it ends up being a lose-lose situation for us so we have no choice than to endure abuse.
since 2020 is all about the exposure:
Any black person(s) or space(s) that is mistreating and abusing other black folks needs to be outta here.
we need to fill those positions with better and stronger black leaders,
who will not only bring that energy to represent us in public,
but will keep that same energy in private.
we still have a lot to learn because we are 400 years behind.
lowkey: all this cattiness and jealousy needs to stop within the culture too.
some black folks think everyone is a threat to them.
newsflash: if you’re secure in your talent/work ethic,
no one can stop your bag.
we move better in numbers and as a unit anyway.
read the full article about essence: medium