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.
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