life is all about the “cosign”.
imagine how easy you’ll have it if you get a cosign from oprah?
that would be like winning the lottery out here..
oprah is busy and we have to find our cosigns through another way.
it led me to wonder…
Do we need a white cosign to get us to the next level?
when you think about all the black folks in the public eye,
they got to the next level being backed by someone white.
white folks do hold more power.
they can get you in the door for you to mingle with “your own”.
if “your own” wants to mingle with you.
there are still levels once you get in there.
a foxholer sent me an article from “the root” that had me thinking.
it was titled,
“you’re more likely to be hired if you’re referred by someone white”.
in a nutshell,
the article broke down how companies hired black applicants if they had a white cosign.
in all my days of working in corporate,
it was facts all day.
black folks i met always made “promises” to get me to the next level.
they always praised how talented i was,
but never showed up to help me advance.
i’ve met blacks who had connects to push me higher,
but they end up cosigning someone white or hispanic.
when i got hired in the jobs i’ve worked,
most of my black colleagues had my back and kept me in the loop.
one of my first jobs was working under an older black vixen.
i was working as a receptionist/office assistant.
she hired mostly black folks to work with her,
but treated them like shit.
she was nasty af and talked to folks like they was stupid.
folks was straight up quitting on their lunch breaks on the first day.
everyone hated her at the job and she made my life a living hell.
she was trying to fire me on the low,
but it was a white colleague who hired me in his department.
to this day,
she’s still angry that i out smarted her evil ass.
this is the world we live in when trying to reach success.
i’d love one of my “us” to be my “hr prince(ss) charming”,
but some of us still suffer from ‘crab in the barrel’.
so we may need that white cosign to get us in the door.
how we handle it after that is up to us.
lowkey: when you look at all successful blacks,
most of their “come up” stories started by someone white.
am i wrong?