I know how it feels to be completely let down and discarded by the system to which you were so loyal and in which you invested so much. For me, I had to step back from that which was causing me harm.
For a Black woman, it doesn’t matter how high you rise, shattering the glass ceiling means you will always be cut by the shards.
We were told by white people in positions of power that they were listening and learning—unfortunately, that’s where many of them stopped. Many aren’t doing. And when they do something, it turns out to be a mockery.
It’s obvious our governments don’t know what they’re doing and have constructed a strategy that equals licking their fingers and holding them up to determine which way the political winds are blowing.
These empty gestures and symbolic victories are crumbs. This Black History Month, after the year Black people have had, the performance is not only insulting, it’s exhausting.
This country is facing an unprecedented mental health crisis and while we are quick to put the onus of seeking treatment on those suffering, we don’t expect managers and leaders to take their share of responsibility.
Conversations about systemic racism need to move beyond diversity and inclusion, which does not solve racism, and move onto dismantling white supremacy, which does.
The same white grievance industrial complex that was erected in America to advance white supremacy is the same one that Conservative MPs have used to build their electoral base of support.