Denying self for the sake of the battle

Julie Chen shared that she widened her ‘Asian Eyes’ under pressure

We all have encountered those moments of self-betrayal when under pressure from co-workers, loved-ones, peers, and particularly when encountering racism in the workplace, we act in a way contrary to who we are.  Julie Chen (one of my heroes) she felt compelled to alter her appearance after she asked her  news director if she could fill in for anchors who were away on vacation, he said, “You will never be on this anchor desk, because you’re Chinese.”

I am saddened that she encountered blatant racism in pursing a dream, but that is the burden-bearing for most trailblazers.  Her choice has indeed made it possible for us to see more people of color in journalism; her retelling of the event gives us strength.  

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