New TV shows take on the hazard of Working While Black

New TV shows take on the hazard of Working While Black

So it sucks that I have to deal with this in 2023.
but yeah,
here we go.
So I recently got hired as a field technician to geophysical surveys.
This summer in an area that I wouldn’t exactly say but is essentially the heart of the United States.
What that entails is that often I am doing surveys up and down roads that are in both rural and
suburban areas in this general city that the company is working for.
I got the job because one of the company lears is also one of the heads of the company is also a professor and my department.
During the geology department of my school and this video isn’t really an indictment against them or anything.
I’m not really angry for any reason.
I’m just trying to get this out there so that people understand particularly why PI’s of labs
who are doing field work in geosciences and companies that are doing field work in geosciences to understand
that it’s really important to address for your black workers and students how you’re going to deal with racism in the field.
It’s really important and I can’t state this enough.
So since I’ve been in this place every day that I worked in the field,
I have been stared down by at least three people who are doing me.
Nice nice looks for a couple minutes as to figure out what exactly that I’m doing what it is that I’m doing.
In addition to me there’s one other black worker on the team on field team and we often notice and talk about how it’s kind of odd how people will just stare at us for a long period of time.
In addition to that I also had an experience on the first day of our field work in which an older individual who’s property we were on.
I was in a car with another person on the field team,
a white person and the older individual who walked into our car spoke entirely to him and did not say in a single word to me which I found quite odd.
And I set off set off a lot of alarms in my head and actually while he was talking to us another older individual pulled up in a bike and started slowing down and I started to get a little tense and worry that something was about to go down.
Due to the fact that some of the stickers on this man’s motorcycle were prominent prominent stickers associated with more like right way and what I would describe as anti black organizations so that is something that I thought they could have might have happened.
But luckily that’s the situation to escalate and nothing happened but that was the first day and since then every single day there’s been some sort of what feels to me to be racial tension between me and someone in the area where we’re doing our field work.
And that kind of all culminated today so thankfully I’m going to say right in front there was thankfully no violence and nothing no violence and so there wasn’t any fighting or anything like that but this was honestly pretty scary and I had my blood pumping and that I kind of felt like something really something seriously might go down and I was really like wired up for quite a bit after that and.
So essentially we are doing our field work and part of the field work is keeping the roads safe and people safe so we do ramping on streets and we do some traffic control to keep people safe.
We’re working alongside this one road and we ramp we closed off one second one lane of a two lane road and we had ramped all the driveways for the people who worked.
Who’s either homes or work were in our area so they could get out if need be well one of those people or one of those groups.
A company in particular was a what I would think would be a junkyard it might be yeah I would guess it is a junkyard they had a crane a very large crane and to operate the crane or to get the crane out of the junkyard we needed to.
Cut our our work we’re running an ERI line and we needed to cut it so that they could pass it because our ramps were not strong enough to.
Safe leaves the state or hold up the weight of the crane as the past over so we need to cut pause the work and we told them that and essentially.
I was stationed once once we had everything running I was stationed over in there yard.
I’m running the parking lot outside of there dated off junkyard where they had their crane and other other equipment and trucks and stuff and I was just sitting there in case for when they decided it was they were ready to leave because they told us they might want to leave while we were doing our work.
So that we could pause our work and I could radio it over to the people at our the headquarters at our field station and so we could pause the work and we’ll let them move through and I was there in the other black student that I was talking about was also there he was with me in the car and we’re both sitting there and.
As they prepare as they start to pair a couple of their employees start filing in and coming in to enter into the yard and one of them in particular on the back of his car was a white power symbol and.
We both immediately were like huh and we’re like I’m pretty sure that’s a white power symbol and we were both already like.
And we were like what what’s going on here.
The employee goes in.
And we are goes kind of just like antsy and he also kind of gave us a little bit of a stare down as he went into his.
And then at some point they were talking to some of the other people on our team and they noticed that they had a 1942.
Attitude onto the front of their on their knuckles and 1942 is the year holocaust started so now.
I’m we’re pretty much certain that these people are neo Nazis or in support neo Nazis they also had a bunch of a bunch of very.
And at this point like alarms are ringing off in our head as what are we supposed to do.
What and unfortunately they had already pulled the crane out so our truck was kind of locked into their area and.
We were trying to in real time call and talk to the rest of our fuel team like our superiors to figure out what exactly.
We needed to do what exactly the plan was and case something happened because we needed to understand we need to know if they would be in support of us if we say had to fight them.
To protect ourselves or if we needed to run or what we needed to you know we’re trying to do that real time and that was honestly very unfortunate and.
Not the way that that needs to be done.
And I feel like just as a general lot of people haven’t thought about that because in like say geosciences the majority of.
People in the geosciences are white majority of leaders are white.
So none of them are thinking about these sorts of issues so I just kind of wanted to get it out there for.
The key eyes of labs if you’re taking your students into areas that could be dangerous you really have to have to talk with them because thankfully now we’ve established something after today but pretty much every day that we’ve been here there has been some sort of racial tension and it’s only been.
A week of work and they took one week for us to find neo not sees so that was honestly pretty horrifying and.
This is the kind of thing that although as a.
The eye or as a leader you can’t really you know control the views of people in the areas you’re working in the field you have to understand this is the kind of thing that pushes black students out of geosciences because.
They often feel like oh these areas are very hostile to us.
Well my camera died but I got off pretty much all of what I had to say.
Just I just wanted to finish this thought that I had that essentially yeah these areas are really harmful and can be very dangerous to us.
So please take your students lives in serious serious concern and listen to them listen to them if they feel off or uncertain.
That’s just important and that’s all I really wanted to get out there and just to conclude that number one to all the people who think it’s weird whenever you see someone like me doing science on the side of the road.
And you don’t know you think I’m out to know good or you think that I’m not a scientist or I don’t know what it is that you’re thinking screw you I am too bad and number two.
To all the people who have leadership positions take care of your students it’s important.
Our lives are lives are important thanks keep it loopy.

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