After my prayers today, I dived into my personal emails. This particular email touched my heart for I am a solid believer of ONE BODY and have not been cognizant about the effect of racism. The few times I have been involved in these conversations,I always requested for more evidence, citing that words/actions must have been misinterpreted. We strive to lead by example and consistently advocate for inclusion, authentic leadership, leadership parity, power, gender balance advancement and political participation in public offices etc.
It is preposterous when racism is experienced amongst people. Racism often results in discrimination and prejudice towards people based on their race or ethnicity. Internalized racism can be defined as the internalization by people of racist attitudes towards members of their own ethnic group. Internalized racist attitudes in individuals present barriers towards achievement of racial equality. Question is why must anyone encounter any type of racism in 21st century?
Please read through and share your thoughts. This is a cry for help from a man who needs a system change.
Here is the letter I received today:
Dear Princess Halliday:
It is with great respect that I write you today. I do not know if you would pay attention to this or share this but please take a min and listen to this turmoil that has plagued our Nation for so long.
I am a graduate of Civil Engineering with a second class upper degree. I pride myself as one of the best. During my degree, professors, students refer to me as an expert in this field and over the years, my expertise has been proven in my work place. The reason I write you today is that with all my qualification and knowledge, I am still subjected as a subordinate to Lebanese men who have no adequate qualification or education from their hometown but for the color of their skin.I and my colleagues have been continuously placed in lower positions while the Lebanese men are placed in upper management as our bosses.
It hurts Princess, it is painful to spend seven years( excluding years of strike and delays in African system of study) to properly get educated, spend so many years working and have people with no education placed ahead of you as bosses because of the color of their skin .
When will “we” start believing in ourselves and lifting each other up?Why do we hate ourselves and take pleasure in pulling each other down while believing in other races ? Why can’t we all be equal? When an expatriate is brought to Africa, we honor them, we flung out doors open and give them the best we have but we fail to honor our own who often times are capable of doing much more. The Government embraces other races and give billion dollar contracts to them because they are not Africans. The Government finds trust with other races, they respect and provide them with the best living conditions while we are subjected to slums by our own government- our own leaders.
Is there something we need to change? Have we completely lost confidence and trust in ourselves?
If we have, how do we build this back and have government, companies, organizations see that we are enough. We need to work together with all races, we need to be hired and placed in positions like the white based on knowledge and experience not the color of our skin.
I hope you share and use this during your speech across America. Please let the world know that racism and slavery also exist within our people. We truly are the problem.
A persons work capacity should not be determined by the color of his/her skin nor should anyone be treated unjustly because of the color of their skin.
Please share your thoughts. Perhaps your perspective can help strike more clarity.
B.Eng, MAL, QMHP, PhD(in-view)