If You Are Reading This, You Can’t Ignore Me

More than any other day, Monday really shows me the issues I have.  I was listening to the news on the way in to work this morning, and there was a radio spot for Dave Chappelle.  He was speaking about how America isn’t ready for a young black man to speak his mind.  He said that if he said half the stuff that he was thinking, that he would just freak America out.

I totally understand.  I work in a building with over three thousand people inside.  In my daily routine, I come across maybe 3 black people.  In fact, one time a few months ago, I was in an elevator with 3 other black folk, and we realized, that were the elevator to crash, that would essentially wipe out the diversity of my company.  But I have lost my point.

My point is that I am far from an angry black man, as seen in the media.  Yet no matter what I do, if I get cranky, or am not Wayne frickin Brady/Bryant Gumbel, I get in trouble.

The Author

Sean Oliver

Sean Oliver is a management consultant in Seattle, WA