Symone Sanders Addresses the Issues and Confidence of Black Professionals
BY: KIKI N.
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Symone D. Sanders is a political commentator for CNN and was the topic for discussion when she received a message from a follower who criticized her for wearing long nails on television, especially on a popular and global news network.
The follower “simply” gave her advice stating “It s not appropriate when you are on CNN TV and discussing about politics.”
Symone decided to share the message she received and used her platform to create a conversation about the criticism of a black women's’ appearance in the work environment.
Symone represents Black women who are not the so-called “norm" of people who work in a professional environment. Many of which do not have a chance to voice their opinion, especially on social media.
Many tweeters had their own opinions about this topic.
Symone, your voice, strength & brains is what it’s all about. I love how you stand up against the fools with the facts & you don’t back down. You say things it would take me 3 days to come up with! Keep it up, we need you & by the way you always look great!— Terry. (@franniejo) May 8, 2018
There are instances when clothing and appearance--your natural hair could be the focus at your job rather than the focus of your work.
There’s nothing wrong with natural features, and, in fact, they should be embraced and celebrated as a sign of confidence. We are beautiful and strong.
The concern was her nails and not towards the real issues that Symone presents on CNN.
Symone decided to remind those who are critical of many black women's "professional" appearance, that we are confident, free, and here to stay.
I’ve never noticed that you had nails. I guess I was paying too much attention to your commentary and not what’s on your nails. People really need to keep comments like this to themselves. Smh— Pnut27c (@redstripe27) May 8, 2018
Symone made it to CNN for a reason: her confidence, work ethic, and brilliance. I believe she strives to work ten times harder than most people. And there are many women like Symone who have the full package, but because of their appearance, they are not on television today. Society should change in order to hear the true voices of other minorities.
Many of us have those days when we decide to hide a part of our identity to be eligible for a job. We believe that the only way to put food on the table is to code-switch ourselves.
How do you feel about the message Symone received and how do you feel about Symone's overall message?
Kiki N. works in government. She has a bachelors degree in Sociology. She is interested in the Black women narrative and experience.
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