Being Mary Jane Highlights the Struggles of Young Black Natural Haired Women in the Workplace
|1BlessedNatural: Being Mary Jane Highlights the Struggles of Young Black Natural Haired Women in the Workplace (photo cred: BET)|
Nina received questions and comments from her new colleagues including one of the producers who was an Asian man named Young Jin. He questioned the 21-year-old's age and expressed that she represented a demographic that he already represented in their group. Next, a Black male intern by the name of Khalil asked what she brought to the table. His ego was crushed because he thought she was hired over him.
We can discuss the stigmas attached to natural hair all day, but Nina had that covered when the group talked about welfare.The elephant in the room was that she was going to have to work harder to prove that she deserved to be in her position. After Young Jin made ignorant statements about race and welfare, she left him at a loss for words when she revealed that her mother was a professor and her father was a lawyer. She addressed his ridiculous judgements of her by saying, "Because I'm a Black woman and I wear my hair natural, then I must be on welfare, right?."
|Nina and Young Jin on Being Mary Jane (photo cred: BET)|
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