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The Only Black Guy In the Office

Behind the Headlines of Corporate America’s Latest Blunders

Racism, sexism — the whole nine!

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5 min readMar 16, 2021

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The Only Black Guy In the Office is a Seattle-based, midlevel marketing manager who writes about navigating the White waters of corporate America. He’s like a modern-day Dilbert — that is, if Dilbert were Black, woke, and outspoken about the foolery, joys, and microaggressions that Black professionals experience on the daily. The Only Black Guy sounds off about his career experiences in his eponymous weekly column at LEVEL. Here, he’ll regularly chime in on the latest mishaps in white-collar corporate news as only he can — straight, with no chaser.

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Remember how in the midst of last summer’s racial reckoning in America, there was a mass sweep of companies scrambling to have employees participate in DEI training? Yeah, so apparently those are about as effective as Michael Scott’s ethnicity role-play exercise from the “Diversity Day” episode of The Office.

It’s hard to Ctrl+Alt+Del away a lifetime of prejudiced thinking after watching some guy in a 90-minute video comparing racism to…

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