In addition to navigating interpersonal relationships and day-to-day challenges faced by the average Joanne, most, if not all, of the Black people I know also work. Many of us work in, or alongside, institutions where we are silenced, overlooked, underpaid and called on to “represent” equity efforts in the workplace with little thanks, no additional pay and frequent retribution.
Given this context, we are all getting exhausted watching the horse-and-pony show of institutions, organizations and for-profit businesses whitewashing racist track records, awful policies and never-ending micro-aggressions with statements of so-called Solidarity With Black Lives. Some, like Airbnb, have even started taking donations on behalf of Black lives. This is not just marketing, it’s pimping, and that is terrifying.