“One ever feels his two-ness,—an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.”
These words may be a tad deep for a light-hearted blog about unintentional office racism. “Why so serious, blog-writer-person; I just want to laugh.” We here at 40 acres and a cubicle enjoy bringing humor to the mundanity of your day. We relish the opportunity to humorously portray the behavior and speech of the fairer-skinned peoples when they interact with us black folk. However, we also feel that we owe it to our faithful readership to provide something of substance, albeit in a manner that is relatable and funny.
The two-ness of which Dubois spoke pervades our blog. From code-switching to macrosystems, from the black-guy poses and potluck survival guide, to our old friend Terrence, we have consistently highlighted the duality of the African American in American corporate society and higher education. This duality is what leads our white counterparts to want to “black it up” for us, or make comments about a culture of which they are still mostly ignorant. The dichotomy is made manifest in our search to achieve our piece of the American Dream. We climb the ladder knowing we must at once adjust to different norms of behavior, dress, language and even food. In the balance, we also seek to never “whitewash” ourselves. Most of us hold dear our distinctively unique African American culture and would never dream of purging it from our souls in the hopes of “assimilation.” Yet we as a people have a long way to go. Do we compromise our identity to achieve our financial and social dreams? We think not.
“He felt his poverty; without a cent, without a home, without land, tools, or savings, he had entered into competition with rich, landed, skilled neighbors. To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships.”
We presume our readership to have similar or higher education and socioeconomic status than ourselves. We recognize that we each in our way understand that there are many more battles to be fought on behalf of our people. The authors of the blog also recognize that we have reached somewhat of a “content bottleneck.” At first our minds were rife with stories of unintentional racism and awkward comments and situations. Lest you get the wrong idea, this will still be a major part of the blog. However, we would like to continue our humorous commentary on the world while also informing our audience of the more serious conditions of Black folk. This may indeed be a hard balance to strike. We will acknowledge this. Yet it is a direction we as authors have agreed on. And we’d like to bring you with us. The humor will remain: videos, .gifs, funny photos in the posts with captions [we know ya’ll enjoy those]. But along with this will be commentary and analysis of race-related issues we as a people find most troublesome.
This blog began as a simple forum in which we could highlight the racist society we have found ourselves in after graduating college. What it shall end as, we know not. But in the meantime, we will continue to provide the content we enjoy writing and you enjoy reading.
And in case you were wondering, we will always have posts about chicken.