Thursday, October 25, 2012
Remember to cast your vote!! President Obama 2012
Not only do I support him, so does my mentor Dr. Maya Angelou, she inspired a large number of my poems published in my poetry book "Essence of Black Beauty."
As a young black female enlisted and officer serving in the Navy for 20 years, at nearly every one of my Navy commands I was the only black female officer. Each of these experiences I wrote about in my diaries and poems. I titled my book Essence of Black Beauty because this is what I reminded myself of everyday, when my white male counterparts wanted to convince me that I was only there to fill a quota. Based on my prior military experience coupled with a post graduate degree, I knew was just as qualified as they were.
In my book Broken Silence, I discuss what my life was like "filling a quota". In the chapter titled "Being a black woman in a white man's Navy", I describe blatant prevalence of racial and gender inequalities that still exist in the Navy.
In my chapter titled "Good ole Boys Retaliate", I describe how I was fired from my job after I reported my bosses for defense contract fraud and how I was replaced by a white male defense contractor. Although he was qualified to do my job he was hired illegally, at the time he was hired he was a defense contractor and this illegal revolving door practice violated the Federal Acquisition Regulation.
After the DoD IG investigation was complete, proving the company he worked for committed violations of the FAR, he and a handful of other culprits were rehired as a government civil service employees. These guys love to keep evidence of fraud in-house!!
On a much brighter note, I wanted to share a letter Dr. Angelou emailed to President Obama which was posted on his campaign website. As always, my role model has such an eloquent way of reminding us "who we are, where we come from and how far we still have to go" on our journey in demanding racial, gender and social equality.