Why Black People Don’t Congregate in the Break Room

Office politics take on a completely different meaning when you’re Black

A photo of a stressed black woman at work. She is standing against a wall, wearing business casual clothes, eyes closed.
A photo of a stressed black woman at work. She is standing against a wall, wearing business casual clothes, eyes closed.
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1. We are ensuring that our White colleagues do not feel threatened by how we occupy the space.

2. We don’t want it to seem that we are not focused on our own duties.

3. How we insert ourselves at work cannot disrupt the “normal” flow of the office.

4. We have embodied the idea of tokenism and cannot let our interactions influence our professional progression.

Black people deserve to have a space where they can earn a living while being themselves.

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