Company Image

“Okay, I give up Sam.  Why are you so gloomy today?  You have been moping around since you got up,” said her roommate Jan.

“I am just really dragging my feet for tomorrows vis-à-vis with management.”

“You haven’t done anything wrong though, have you?”

“Well it depends what kind of mood the bosses are in.  If they are all pissy about company image, I could get in trouble for being at the rally last night.”

“That was a perfectly fine demonstration for BLM.  There was no violence, no looting, no vandalism it was a peaceful protest.  Are their employees not allowed to have a voice in this world?”

“Don’t snap at me.  I know it was right to be there.  This violence has to stop.  But 2 of the 3 managers are old white guys with privilege.  I just don’t see them as the type to support anything like this.”

“Now who is being prejudice?  Give them a chance.  Are they talking to you in groups or individually?”

“No one seems to know.”

“Well don’t worry about it tonight, let’s pop some popcorn and watch a movie to get your mind off of it.”

“Now that is the best thing I have heard all day.” 

(I know my memory is not the best, but I heard a news report about someone being fired because they wanted to wear a BLM mask to work and they had also been a part of the protesting. It is so wrong to fire someone over standing up for people’s rights.)

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – vis-à-vis

Full Stop

It is time to pay attention

It is time to be aware

Change is blowing on the breeze

We all need to care

It is time to be cognizant

It is time to be conscious

Changes we must demand

But we need to be cautious

It is time to unite

It is time to be one

No more fighting in the streets

Where no one has won

It is time for organized protests

It is time for gentle peace

No more racism run rampant

For it all must now cease

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – cognizant