…club, and at times engage in African American Vernacular with each other, but I would never join in. I routinely sat at the table and allowed myself to watch non-Black people celebrate and enjoy my culture while I sat on the sidelines dancing off-beat and pretending to like beer because I didn’t want to come across as “too Black.” I used my culture as a bargaining chip because I thought my peers would consider me equal.
The “beer” part. I once sipped one beer for two very uncomfortable hours at a traditional office event because I just don’t like beer and no one thought about bringing in wine, water or even pop. Just beer.
Traditional office culture is culturally painful. I’ll take media company culture over all!