Gags Don’t Belong On The Job

Disclaimer: I’m quite happy at space of mind. This is not a slight to any past or current employers, but a great piece of information I learned tonight while discussing small business with a friend who is a superwoman and starting her own company with a group of amazingly talented people. Can’t wait to share more with y’all once she’s off the ground!

Long story short, we were discussing what millennials see in employers that we appreciate and the practices we no longer wish to see. From there, we began discussing conversations that are taboo at work. For example, discussing salary and benefits with your co-workers. This is a practice employers discourage because it often leads to the forming of a union but you have every right to discuss these issues. Actually, it might help bring work issues to surface and aid your employer in practicing business more justly. If juste practices are important and your employer doesn’t practice them, that job or career is likely not a good fit for you, but idk… don’t blame me if you ruin your life.

Back to the topic at hand. A great practice is to ask yourself why certain situations are taboo in the workplace and what you can do to change them. Secrecy or gags within workplaces does not excuse the many offenses folks have committed, but I think keeping quiet has aided a lot of terrible practices including sexual harassment because employees are believed to have no power and should not be speaking out.

Furthermore, if you are in a situation where you need to be treated justly, speak to your boss, then go from there. I’m tired of hearing so many friends who were told college was the way to go, so we did, and now many of them will be in debt for life… can you imagine. Life! You work a middle class job and for the rest of your life you have to pay off loans because our society told you that you HAD to go to college to make it in America.

Now you’re at this job and they’re paying you shit money and expect you to appreciate basic ass shit employers should be doing anyway. Don’t be angry about it in secret & exhale with friends although that’s totally cool — exploding and exhaling with friends is great –, do something!

Also, this idea that employees should not talk to each other about benefits and pay is fucking silly and perpetuates a capitalist system that says there ISN’t ENOUGH TO GO AROUND SO SCRAMBLE FOR WHAT YOU CAN GET. Ugh. No!

Anyway, I’m on a tangent. Maybe because I’ve been reading up on economics too much in preparation for my 3rd quarter at SOM, but I hope this was helpful.

The Atlantic
The Atlantic

Read more:
https://www.nlrb.gov/rights-we-protect/employee-rights
https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/07/when-the-boss-says-dont-tell-your-coworkers-how-much-you-get-paid/374467/

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Voice

I have a voice!

you cannot silence me
my feet burn through the pavement and leave enough dust
for my grandchildren to make clay pots
the thoughts that travel through my mind leave textbook pages ashamed

you cannot silence me
my boot straps awaken the Black Panthers and take notes from Malcolm X
I know what it means to starve
a physical pain that engulfs your intellect and spirit

you cannot silence me
I am a young Nikki Giovanni with words so freeing notebook pages fling their legs open when i peek at them with a side eye
master’s grandchildren stand miles away when air escapes my lungs and thoughts juxtapose that of W.E.B. DuBois

you cannot silence me
i am not a mindless crab in a bucket
i refuse
yes, i refuse to step over the hands and feet of my people
we are intertwined like the molecules in our bodies

you cannot silence me
my children will not wake up caved in by debt, miseducation and fear
they will know that beauty doesn’t solely lie in blue eyes
and that wealth isn’t manufactured green on trees

you cannot silence me
my ancestors taught me how to read a map
they left blueprints imprinted in my DNA
if I ever lose my way, i look in the mirror
touch my wide nose
feel my naps
embrace my brown skin
and i find my way

you cannot silence me
death does not scare me
i welcome heavy words sung by my kings and queens on the block
they are reminders of journeys taken so i can stand here today

you cannot silence me
my back may weaken
but my boots will carry
my brothers and sisters will lift me

you cannot silence me
because with every step i will roar
we will roar
arm-in-arm, a destiny will be set
and we will achieve

Flose Boursiquot: https://www.amazon.com/Close-Your-Eyes-Now-Breathe/dp/1540783790

The Inquisitr
The Inquisitr

 

Child From The Hood

I went to a presentation at Old School Square this past week and a gentlemen in the audience said that he feels the white community in Delray is always reaching out to the black community, but that it’s never the other way around. I found that comment to be tone deaf for several reasons, but I’ll say this… In the two years that I have been in Delray, I’ve gotten to know both communities fairly well. I’ve worked a couple political campaigns, attended several dozen community events, and I have spoken to hundreds of people.

The white community and the black community both have concerns and things they want for the city. However, one group is often fighting for their lives, or if they have made it, they are reaching back to lift up those who are fighting that war. Are there people in the white community who reach back, absolutely. However, it’s not done with the persistence I see it done for matters that don’t concern the very lives of our children of color.

Jackson is an example of a student who attended school in our community and got lost. Thankfully, he’s found his purpose. But there are still a couple hundred kids, who look like Jackson Destine Jr., who go to bed hungry at night. It is the job of those who have reached the top to reach back and offer a hand. Conversations and criticism are important, but do more than that. Reach back. Furthermore, if you are pushed to name leaders within the black community in Delray and can’t, it’s likely that you’re not reaching far enough, so again, reach back.

“I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.” -Toni Morrison

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This argument is complicated when race is implicated, but if you’d like to learn the racial history of Delray Beach, visit Spady Cultural Heritage Museum. Gain an understanding of communities who live outside of our Downtown. Gain an understanding of the impact 250 years of chattel slavery followed by 100 years of Jim Crow had (and still has) on black participation in the Southern economy and social system.

Be well, and meet people where they are. It is much more beneficial to learn the culture and needs of those you seek to influence, rather than dragging them to what you think is best for them.

Watch Jackson’s Story: 

http://www.youtubetofb.com/v/ytid7aZ3KwQ2kgE