I Don’t Know What To Make Of The Coronavirus

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I haven’t written about the coronavirus yet because I don’t know what to make of this shit. Like, I don’t know whether to be dismissive or terrified, man. The truth is, so much misinformation is being spread, it’s hard to get a handle on the situation, fam. All in all, I just need someone to tell me if I have to barricade my family in the house with a shotgun, bruh.

Ok, at this point, everyone should’ve heard about the coronavirus, son. As of right now, over 100,000 people worldwide have contracted the virus and a little over 3,000 people have died. To make matters worse, the virus has hit every continent, except Antarctica. Now, in the United States alone, according to the CDC, there have been 99 confirmed cases and ten deaths. Furthermore, 13 states have been touched by it. The point is, all of this shit sounds fucking frightening, man.

Now, because all of the hoopla, folks are walking around with masks, jobs (like mine) are making people work from home and some Asian people are being targeted in racist attacks. Side bar, I swear, bigots can’t WAIT to be ignorant, fam. Shit, they didn’t need a reason to inflict their prejudice on others. *Sigh* I can’t even say that I’m surprised, bruh. Moving on, even the stock market is on a rollercoaster because of this shit, son. So, what am I supposed to do with all of this information, man? Should I really be afraid or have we blown this entire thing out of proportion?

In the end, I don’t have any answers, fam. Ultimately, I’m here to gauge everyone’s responses. By and by, is anyone panicking out there or are folks just going about their merry business? At the end of the day, I survived the 90‘s in the Bronx, bruh. I’d be tight as hell if a fucking virus took me out, son. So, what’s really good out here? Somebody (with real answers) let me know. That is all. LC out.

Facebook’s Bias Issue Is A Corporate America Issue

So, according to several people of color who work for Facebook, the company has a problem with implicit bias. Also, the sky is blue, water is wet and Jeffrey Epstein didn’t kill himself. Side bar, nah, for real, I HIGHLY doubt that Epstein killed himself, son. In any case, while some folks may think that these issues are native to Facebook, I’m here to say that they run rampant through all of Corporate America. All in all, none of these employees’ stories surprise me, man.

Ok, for those who missed it, about twelve Facebook employees wrote a piece for Medium about the troubles they face at Mark Zuckerberg‘s company. Now, in the article, the various workers shared multiple stories of micro and macro aggressions that permeate through their work environment. Look, minority employees had their intelligence questioned, told they were simply diversity hires and judged for their supposed “aggressive” attitudes. Shit, on Facebook’s Blind application, White employees just let their racism fly, fam. I mean, one particular employee just belittled the IQ of Black employees and blamed us for all of the nation’s murder, bruh. Needless to say, the landscape isn’t very comforting, brethren.

Listen, to be fair, I’m not doing this Medium article justice, son. On the real, everyone should go read it for themselves. However, I wasn’t surprised by anything that I read in that post, man. Keeping it a buck, during my tenure in the workforce, I’ve tasted my fair share of fuckery, fam. Now, for some reference, I’m a 34-year-old Black man who’s worked in Corporate America since 2007. Actually, if I count internships, I’ve been in this arena since 2005, bruh. In any case, along the way, I’ve worked for four different Fortune 500 companies. So, I’ve dealt with some of the bullshit that these Facebook employees are speaking about.

Real talk, I don’t even know where to start, son. Look, I’ve been called aggressive, lazy, coworkers have expressed surprise at the college I went to, I’ve been badmouthed by a manager to human resources and questioned by people with a lot less experience. The fucked up part is, I’m only talking about one company so far, man. The truth is, I haven’t even gotten to the rest of the shenanigans, fam. Yet, somehow, despite being so “terrible,” I keep getting better jobs and making more money. So, I know EXACTLY how these Facebook employees feel, bruh. All I can say is, Facebook is the norm and not the exception, people.

In the end, I don’t know what else to say, son. Ultimately, I don’t have any answers for these employees, man. By and by, we all knew that Facebook would release a message condemning this type of treatment. However, nothing is going to change, fam. Namely because nothing ever fucking changes, bruh. At the end of the day, unless there are REAL ramifications for this kind of discrimination, the behavior will continue, folks. *Sigh* This is the day-to-day life of a person of color, brethren. This shit can really suck sometimes. That is all. LC out.