C-Suite shortcomings

 

Different expectations

posted by Hayaan at 7:29 PM

I was on a Zoom call last week and the question was asked why are specifically black people expected to go over and beyond qualifications for any role, but white people are given the benefit of the doubt for not having the experience or knowledge? It seems like there are a lot of things black people aren't privileged to be a part of during these conversations, and that's really the frustrating part when you think about this question.

 

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Jaryd 7:53 PM

Here is the truth... The people at this level do not want to solve any problems in their companies and are often too scared to rock the boat in fear that opportunity to blacks will some how harm them. Racial bias in the workplace at the executive level is American practice. It is implicit behavior for them. The only thing that has changed overtime is corporate America has revamped it's jargon and coded language to keep the same racist practices in place. They will give millions to sub par white businesses with half baked ideas but let a black person come who has done all the leg work and data, it's crickets or excuses why they can't assist or give pennies. Blacks still have to be 10x better to just get the opportunity. Then the lone black person they do let sit at the table is so far removed from the black experience to really be of any use in these conversations or speak up on these issues. They become puppets to systemic racism in the work place and often uphold those values.

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Chayse 1:39 AM

I would also add that there is a preconceived notion that black people aren't viewed as smart enough or good enough until we prove and show that we are.

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Mylo 10:03 PM

Most of the leadership in these companies and organizations are oblivious about racism. They see it as a distraction to their company. When the retention rates are low with blacks, minorities, and young professionals, they come up with the lamest excuse to pacify themselves and their piss poor performance. I've heard everything from Blacks won't stay because they are not from the local area or they don't like the work...when in reality they don't give Black employees meaningful work so come bonus time or raises or even when the Black employee they get the least or when they want to apply for a higher position within the company they limited their opportunity by their own line of management. These usually are the companies that swear they want change agents... when they really mean we want people who will cosign and cover up the racial disparities and not aware of their own implicit bias towards Black people because to them "They don't see color."

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Ostyn 12:51 AM

Don't get me started on the " I don't see color" leadership and management. They are usually the most racist and most in denial about issues surrounding racism and the most detrimental to any diversity cause but yet they get employed, promoted, because they uphold the systemic racism built into the system which many companies what to uphold. FYI... The phrase "I don't see color" was created to ensure those of color are not seen and do not create a workplace of fairness but often shows how white employees are openly allowed to be oblivious and not be held accountable for their implicit and sometimes obvious racial bias.

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