Hopeful but cautious
Dear black girl,
I feel your pain because I am you. It’s okay to not know what to say, it’s okay to feel overwhelmed and scared.
I know you are hopeful that this will somehow lead to a much needed change. But at the same time I understand your caution, especially for being black, woman and immigrant.
Because for one, any complaint you make, not just about workplace micro aggression, will magically appear on your appraisal review, perfectly wrapped as poor performance, even though you’ve always had to work 10x harder.
If you are on a visa, remember you need the job and the money that comes with it to be able to renew your visa. Remember you don’t have a safety net here. Remember you have responsibilities that will be too selfish to ignore.
I know you’ve survived a lot and it’s all made you the person you are today. You’ve learned the art of biting your tongue. Just one more time, keep your head high, smile, reach for the strength that lies deep within you, and know that someday you’re gonna share your story, someday your story will be heard. But for now be cautious with this hope.
And I pray that, may you never forget that you are worthy, you deserve better and you are not alone.