by Mark T. Batiste
As expected even with documentation and several witnesses the bigotry & privilege is still the rule of law especially in this country and nothing has happened to the offending parties. The racism is real. Being "on code" with covering up racist behavior is real. Covered up and suppressed is a chapter in the playbook. We all have to deal with it in one form or another.
Let it be known that using the word "nigger" laughingly in front of several coworkers/witnesses is still okay in this country and will not be met with any punishment. #vicepresidentofclientservices #theprivilegeisreal #wasteandrecycling
Bigotry covers for bigotry.
A fish rots from the head down as they say. #owners #leadership #corevalues
It's ALWAYS covered up.
The racism is REAL.
The coverup is also very REAL.
I'm not shocked because I have seen it & dealt with it before like many of us have.
This is the American way! #theamericanway
These people are dangerous people on so many levels.
Everything is a joke until it's not.
The fight continues!
#endracism #tonedeaf #coveringupracism #corevalues #wasteandrecycling -MTB
This is a great addition to the newsletter, Sharon. There are so many voice that would otherwise not be amplified (although, I'm sure Mr. Batiste's post was shared on LinkedIn and other platforms.)
By detailing episodes like this, people should become more enlightened to the harmful practices that impact the lives of those it touches. The next step is standing up to it, Like Mr. Batiste implores us to.
How completely disingenuous and how depressingly common.
Haven't we yet come to the point where Black people and women have enough talent and business acumen to start companies and not have to deal with this nonsense? I realize there are still hurdles in terms of startup funding, but surely those aren't really insurmountable. There are advantages to minority and women-owned businesses (at least in the US). If the current corporations won't put you at the head of the table, maybe it's just time to build a BETTER table.
I hate it when D&I is used as corporate window dressing made even worse by showcasing employees in the manner Mark experienced. Leadership needs a major overhaul and maybe the culture will shift. Thanks to Mark T. Batiste for sharing.
Thanks for Mark T. Batiste for sharing this story, and to you, Sharon, for creating the platform. Anecdotes like this deepen my understanding of the myriad ways micro and macroaggressions manifest in the workplace. Also corporate bullshit -- using people as props. Which, to be fair, non-profits can absolutely do, too.
I could fathom this happening. It's one reason why when people ask about my commitment to DEI I've stopped saying what a diverse team we have with regard to various factors, including race and country of origin. It started to feel like I was saying aren't I great for hiring person's of color and here they are.
Wow, that couldn't be more discouraging and disheartening. And I'm certain the senior management at the places I've worked were no better. Keep sharing, if the stories keep being told maybe people will start to wake up.