posted on Jan, 23 2009 @ 03:22 PM
Just a little rant about how the Inauguration Day proceedings went down in what I would like to think is otherwise a professional office
Midway through a closed door meeting with 3 of my colleagues, one of whom is black, a second black member of our office entered unbeckoned and
ignoring the 2 white people present said simply "2 minutes" to the other black person and exited.
Somewhat taken aback by this abrupt intrusion, we looked at the person in our meeting with a "huh?" expression, and she responded "oh, it's the
inauguration, WE are listening to it in a cube, I gotta go".
With that she left, and we (the remaining white population of our office) stood and looked on as every black member of the office crammed into one
cube to hear the swearing in ceremony via radio.
We were not invited to join them (the office contains several self-avowed liberals) and the managers were somewhat taken aback by the way in which
work was dropped and meetings walked out of without so much as an "is it ok if I take 5 minutes, I have to leave" type of request.
We all work day in and day out as a team, and for the first time I think many of us came to realize that the black members of our office still see
things in terms of "us and them".
It's ironic that we have completely lost the shackles of racism, and yet our black colleagues still see fit to exclude us just because of the color
of our skin.
Is this the change Obama speaks of?