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Remaining 'Black' in 'White'

The purpose of this presentation is to discuss and provide students with engaging information and tactics on how to behave in Corporate America while staying true to their identity and culture.

Katerra Shackelford

on 31 July 2013

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Transcript of Remaining 'Black' in 'White'

Internet Sources

1. Statistics & Blog: http://www.yourblackworld.net/2012/10/uncategorized/are-african-americans-the-elephant-in-the-room-of-corporate-america/

2. Unwritten Rules: http://zora-alice.com/2010/04/unwritten-rules-for-young-black-women-in-corporate-america/

3. 20 Ways to Know You’re Black in Corporate America: http://zora-alice.com/2010/04/unwritten-rules-for-young-black-women-in-corporate-america/

4. Du Bois, W.E.B. The Souls of Black Folk., 1903.

5. See No Bias: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A27067-2005Jan21.html
YouTube Sources

1.Corporate American Racism (Published Aug. 14th, 2012)

2.The Awkward Black Girl – The Job: Season 1, Episode 2 (Published Mar. 3rd, 2011)

3.The Unwritten Rules – First Day: Season 1, Episode 1 (Published Apr. 25th, 2012)

Book Sources

1. Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins (ISBN: 0-415-96472-5)

2.Black Life in Corporate America: Swimming in the Mainstream by George Davis & Glegg Watson
(ISBN: 0-385-14702-3)

3.Racism without Racists by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva (ISBN: 978-1-4422-0218-4)
Remaining 'Black' in 'White': The Unwritten Rules of Corporate Social Standards for Black Americans
Katerra D. Shackelford
Be a strong performer.
Katerra D. Shackelford
Email: katerradshackelford@yahoo.com

Facebook: Katerra Denise

Twitter: PoeticJuZtice1

Hashtag Workshop: #RBIW
More than 35% of Black Americans feel they must compromise their authenticity
Road Map
The 'Fab' Five
Real Life Scenarios
The Signs
Origin of the issue

Significance of the issue

Manifestation of the issue

Discussion of the issue

The 'Fab' 5: Unwritten Rules
Brief History Re-cap
Harlem Renaissance
Civil Rights Movement
Modern Day Racism
W. E. B. Du Bois
Booker T. Washington
“One ever feels his twoness, — an American, a Negro; two warring souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.”

-- W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk (1903)
Modern Day Racism aka Color-Blind Racism
Abstract Liberalism
Involves Whites' commitment to equality in the modern era without recognition or acceptance of centuries of inequality

Relieves Whites of responsibility for persistent inequalities

Against policies such as affirmative action & equal opportunity
Racism without Racists - Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
Cultural Racism
Relies on cultural memes and stereotypes to explain the standing of minorities in American society

Mostly discussed in private because it would be considered inappropriate in a public setting

Usually accompanied by offensive questions and/or statements
Allows Whites to explain racial segragation and phenomena as natural occurences

Claims to be biologically driven and justified by emphasizing that minorities segregate themselves

Explains that Black Americans are not comfortable with the culture of Corporate America
Suggests that discrimination and racism are no longer factors in American society

Ignores race related obstacles and downplays all racism, excluding the most severe

Tends to highlight their acceptance and support of Black culture
At least 40% of Black Americans feel like outsiders in their corporate culture compared to 26% of White Americans
20 Ways to Know You're Black in Corporate America - http://www.freemaninstitute.com/20ways.htm
What have you experienced?

How have you dealt with these type of situations?

What was the outcome?
Side Bar Conversation
Observe and listen to everything.
Seek out regular feedback.
Step out of YOUR comfort zone.
When in doubt, ASK!
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