What does it mean to look professional? What does it mean to act professionally? Who decided what it means? Professionalism standards are classist and racist, rooted in an elitism that wants to keep the “right” people separate from (and hierarchically above) the “wrong” people. This elitism evaluates the way people look and act against a list of standards put in place by the white men who built our society, and we see the results in dress codes, grammar policing, and biased hiring panels. Think about it: is a Black woman wearing her hair in a natural style really inherently less…

Judy Blair

Facilitator specializing in working with white folks on race. I provide caucusing, executive coaching, & mentoring services.

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