I want to encourage us to take a few minutes today to look at the stories emerging under the hashtag #BlackWomenAtWork. You can find them on Facebook and on Twitter.
On live television a couple of days ago, Bill O’Reilly was watching a clip of Representative Maxine Waters discussing Russia. When the clip was over, he said, “I didn’t hear a word she said. I was looking at the James Brown wig. If we have a picture of James, it’s the same wig.”
In response to these remarks, black women are sharing stories of their encounters with racism and sexism at work. They are naming the everyday racism and sexism they’ve encountered simply when they are trying to do their jobs.
It’s important to take this in and name it for the sinister reality it is.