When it comes to being seen as competent and credible, Black people often face an uphill battle. In a society that is still struggling with racism, unconscious bias, and a lack of diversity, Black people are often viewed through a lens of suspicion and mistrust. This can make it extremely difficult to be seen as competent and credible, even when we are.
It’s a frustrating and exhausting reality that we often have to work twice as hard and be twice as good just to be seen as equal. And even then, we are often still judged harshly and unfairly. We are constantly having to prove ourselves, over and over again.
This is especially true in the workplace, where we are often assumed to be less capable and less qualified than our white counterparts. We are often given less responsibility and are not given the same opportunities to grow and advance.
When it comes to our personal lives, we are also often viewed with suspicion and skepticism. Our accomplishments are often dismissed or downplayed, and our successes are often attributed to luck or timing.
It’s a constant battle to be seen as competent and credible when you’re Black. But it’s a battle that we continue to fight, every day.