Swimming with Sharks in Dark Water

Having Race and Working with Grace in Corporate White America

by Athene Brinson



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/30/2018

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 122
ISBN : 9781490789057
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 122
ISBN : 9781490789101
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 122
ISBN : 9781490789064

About the Book

Individuals are not racist by intent; they are racist by culture, heritage, and education. If I were to ask anyone if they were a racist, they would immediately deny it as a possibility. They would espouse their wonderful humanitarian acts, or friends of color that would support an embracement of diversity that would make us all proud. The truth, I have never met a racist that knew they were racist. Even when educated as to what they have done, they would go to their grave stating that under no circumstances should I ever consider them a racist. This book is designed to tell you that it does not matter how many racists you meet in the office, you can still be successful. This book is designed to help you identify, and cope, and achieve success in those corporate environments that are not well. It provides you with advice on how to “swim with sharks in dark water.” This book will help you to use your “Spidey senses,” to trust your gut, to identify when you are working on a plantation, how to cope until you can leave. Oh, by the way, I need to tell you that you do not have the power at any time on any day to fix the plantation, without permanently damaging your career. The people who have fixed these issues have sacrificed their career, possibly their livelihood to ensure that we do not experience what they did. They shall always be the nameless heroes of our generation. We will always be indebted to those individuals who spoke up and lost their livelihood as a result. You need to understand that making a difference has a cost, and those that have done this have paid dearly.

About the Author

Dr. Brinson has worked in corporate America for over twenty-years. Her rise, and subsequent professional falls have taught her many lessons which she has shared with woman of color for years. Her story is the baseline for this book. In her years of “Swimming with Sharks in Dark Water” she has learned how to exercise the full use of her talents in a world designed for white men. Being able to surf these sometimes dark waters in a manner that maintains her grace and integrity has been a hard won road of experiences and support. Her only hope is that this book helps you learn how to swim with sharks in dark water.