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My Alabama Shaw Family on My Father’s Side From 1861-2014

Today’s other lessons from Granddaddy’s business acumen

Posted Oct 20, 2016

Annie Shaw-Barnes, Ph.D.
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Hi everyone,

It follows that all black Americans ought to be smart on their jobs and get what they deserve and earn, and stop whining about white people.

Be like Granddaddy. Do worthwhile things all the time, extra work, and find ways to get white people to give you what you deserve. It could be as simple as having a winning and respectful, but not grinning, personality, and winning white friends. Hence, smartness, not anger, is the way for us to get whites to provide what we earn, such as equal pay for equal work, jobs equal to our potential, stop assigning us low level jobs and giving us high level work, give us training for better jobs, and a pleasant work environment. We are like everyone else, when the work environment is cordial, we have higher productivity. I know a high productivity girl, my granddaughter, who was hired on a good paying job. However, the white employees were unbearable, and she could not keep a job she could do and would get her started in life.

So, white people make it hard for us. However, we must strive to be like my granddaddy. Use the ways that are appropriate today to get what we earn and deserve and encourage them with kindness to love you and all of us.

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