I buried a lot of things in 2022. It wasn’t only family members and friends; it was an expectation for anyone to value me, promote me, or appreciate the work that I’ve done, the millions that I’ve saved, and to align my pay accordingly. I know; I should have never had that expectation. But I’m human. I stopped telling my daughter that she had to work harder than her white counterparts. I stopped telling her that if she wanted to make it in life, she had to outperform, on her best day, a white person on their worst day. Adding all that pressure to a future college student can be overwhelming.

I believe the right thing should be done. I also understand that I am highly blessed in the economic downturn that is about to put the average American on their knees. For any complaint I have had over my 26 years in corporate (at 51, I’ve only had four jobs in my life in adulthood), I returned to work with renewed vigor after coming from Ghana. Being there was humbling, and because I’m still processing that trip, that’s all I am comfortable sharing now.

I’ve been trying to gather my thoughts on Black men in corporate America. I’ll be getting a subscription to Qualtrics to do an extensive research project among Black male professionals of diverse backgrounds and stages in life to give an analytical and statistical view of their stories and share my personal experience.

Until then, the power of AI is upon us. An AI program (OpenAI/ChatGPT) has taken the world by storm. K-12 institutions are working feverishly to ban it from being accessed, but that won’t stop external access to the program by students. Therefore, there’s a missed learning opportunity for young people. However, I thought I’d let this app go to work for me (and I’m giving it full credit) to lay out the premise of some of my thoughts minus the human touch of personal experience and data-driven analysis.

Start an essay on Black men and their struggle to promotion due to racism.

Black men in America have long faced significant barriers to promotion and advancement in the workplace due to racism and discrimination. Despite making up a significant portion of the workforce, Black men are consistently underrepresented in leadership positions and often face biases and prejudices that limit their opportunities for advancement.

One major factor contributing to this issue is the systemic racism that permeates many institutions, including businesses and organizations. Black men often face discrimination in hiring and promotion decisions, with many employers holding unconscious biases that lead them to overlook qualified candidates. Additionally, Black men may face discrimination and prejudices within their workplaces, with colleagues and supervisors who are less likely to give them the same opportunities and support as their white counterparts.

Another factor contributing to the struggle for promotion for Black men is the lack of diversity at the top levels of many organizations. Many companies and organizations have predominantly white leadership, making it difficult for Black men to break through the “glass ceiling” and attain higher-level positions. This lack of diversity can create a culture where Black men feel excluded and unsupported, hindering their ability to advance.

In addition to facing biases and discrimination, Black men also often face additional challenges due to societal stereotypes and prejudices. These negative stereotypes can lead to Black men being perceived as less competent, less intelligent, or less capable of performing specific tasks, even when they are equally or more qualified than their white counterparts.

Despite these significant barriers, Black men have made important strides in recent years in breaking through the glass ceiling and achieving promotion and advancement in the workplace. Many Black men have become successful entrepreneurs, leading their own companies and creating opportunities for themselves and others. Additionally, a growing number of organizations and companies are taking steps to increase diversity in leadership and support the advancement of Black men, recognizing that diversity and inclusion are crucial to success.

Overall, the struggle for promotion for Black men in America is a complex issue with many contributing factors. However, by addressing systemic racism, increasing diversity at all levels, and challenging negative stereotypes and prejudices, we can create a more equitable and inclusive society where Black men have the same opportunities for advancement as their white counterparts.

~ ChatGPT

Be well, and Happy New Year.