I really love how black women skin glows. It looks so radiant.
This is a situation definitely worthy of evaluation. There is so much to examine here that often goes unspoken, that is the dynamic between the white man and the black woman is the context of the work environment. I also work in an office setting, with the dynamics of race and sex pretty similar to that which is described below. I've begun to notice some interesting situations like this one starting to occur more obviously and raising the question to me, "is it because i'm black or because i'm female?" The question that i want to raise from this post is the same; did he ask her to change the water jug because she was black? because she was a woman? Or both? Black Women are in an interesting place in this society because we are of two very oppressed minorities. The history of black women in this country does show our strength, but it also clearly points to a history of victimization on the part of white men--the white man's attempt to victimize (and often sexualize) black women. This victimization is done sometimes consciously by white men, and unconsciously, almost as if it was innate. In my office, there has been this continuous level of disrespect that my white male boss (and other white male coworkers) has shown to me and other black women on staff (while praising white women.) This includes a sort of “passive” or covert sexual harassment, the telling of derogatory and racist jokes, and the assignment of tasks not within our job descriptions that one would consider to be “less than” or that of “the help.” Knowing that we are strong and hard working women, I often feel like the white men in my office, especially the boss, tries to weaken us so that will seek help from them so that they can come to our rescue. It is the modern day manifestation of what we saw in Lupita Nyong’o’s character in Twelve Years A Slave. I’ll share details on all of this in a later post; I wanted to share this post from Blackk Girl Lost to highlight the experiences that black women are often subject to, “are we still Patsey?”: