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Black Professionals, Who Are They?

28 October 2010

According to Wikipedia, the word progessional means a member of a vocation founded upon specialised educational training.

So who are the black professionals then?

Whenever the word professional is mentioned, one is inclined to imagine a glamorous job. And glamour implies prestige, alongside with suggestive meanings such as fulfilling and enjoyable.

It has been said that black people are generally not educated, whence not professional. While statistically this may make sense, I am inclined to disagree. My disagreement rests on the simple fact that in my forteen years of professional life, I have met and known a lot of professionals, who happen to be black. Many of whom are highly educated.

But common among these professionals has been a discontentment that relates to how black people are treated at work, educated or not. Lack of opportunities compared to other races, having to double prove yourself, less pay for the same job, stagnation as a result of being overlooked for promotion. Some of the black professionals I have come across are very bitter and angry people as a result.

Ironically, this treatment does not end at work. Black professionals generally experience a different treatment to that of other races at shops, parks, entertainment centres and the like. It is like people do not really care that professionals can be black, what sticks out the most is the fact that they are black.

But what about responsibility?

Doesn't any role in life carry with it a level of responsibility that must excersiced? From what I have seen, many black professionals cannot be bothered with responsibilities outside of themselves as individuals. Is this not the reason why young black kids do not have role models today? Because black professionals, despite having generally made it, are very selfish individuals. So selfish that many will go out of their way to ensure that other blacks do not reach the same level that they have achieved.

Many even feel ashamed of their uneducated parents and family members, to the extend that some will cut ties entirely with them. Where is the sense of pride and responsibility in that?

Unity. Black professionals are among the most ununited groups of people I know. Instead of potraying a united front, they would rather associate themselves with social groups from other races. And this is the number one reason why black professionals can never garner any support in times of trouble in working environments. They find out when things are not going great that they are alone in their predicament.

Could these factors be the reason why we do not see black professionals being prominent in their respective professions?

But are we expecting any form of responsibility and accountability among the black professionals? If so, what exactly it is that we expect of them?

What do you see as the possible solution to issues faced by black professionals today?

Please share your thoughts with us.

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