Fictitious Mediocrity

Gaining employment as an Afrikan person in a Eurocentric context is a learned study in the cultivation of an equilibrium of “fictitious mediocrity”. You cannot be incompetent because you will then be used to justify why none of your people are or should be hired. You cannot be perceived as extremely competent and too intelligent or creative. In that case, Euro-Americans in authority will be “intimidated” by you and scared that you cannot be “controlled.” People from marginalized communities already there will be threatened that you will replace them because, given the scarcity of positions for diverse individuals, you are existential competition.

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