As an African American, I have to be hypervigilant about my presence in the world in ways that are often unimaginable to my white colleagues. I can rage about it. I can weep about it. But it is real.https://t.co/NwtxQ8XbBk
As a black woman, people make assumptions when they first see me. So my clothes are my armor.
My white professional friends often go to parent teacher conferences and to doctor’s offices in casual clothes. I dress up. It might sound crazy to you, but teachers and doctors don’t hear me or speak to me or see me in the same way without my armor.