The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth

"SimplyMei, Would you please rise and TAKE A STAND?"

"I, SimplyMei, do solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the whole truth about the unspoken work rules so help me every black woman working in Corporate America."

SimplyMei Graduates College and Enters the Workforce

Before graduating college, I remember older black folks feeding me special advices such as, “fake it til’ you make it when you get your first job” or “it ain’t what you know, it’s who you know…and who likes you so play the game.” They gave me these advices as if being educated wasn’t enough for the workforce because I was black. It would upset me and I’d think how could a person be so narrow minded?

Somewhere in my college career I started to believe that if I worked hard that when I graduated, I would be on a level playing field as all others regardless of race and gender. I thought that double majoring and obtaining my bachelors’ degrees would put me on a pedestal in the workforce. I also assumed that I would be judged by employers based upon merit and my intellectual capabilities alone.

Despite being a victim of racism in some of my past encounters, I felt that I would finally be able to be myself (in all of my cultural glory) after college graduation because I would have no more “proving” to do -- after all, wouldn’t graduating college prove that I am educated enough?