A prime example of how racism plays out at my job:
I'm biracial, but with my light skin and dye job, I am perceived as a white woman. I am treated differently at my job in subtle ways -- I am seen as more approachable and less aggressive. I am the first one to whom OT is offered, more likely to be given cash incentives, and when I cop an attitude, I am never called aggressive or accused of having an attitude problem. I'm perceived as "easier to deal with" and reap the benefits. All of administration, the board of directors, everyone in upper management are white, despite the majority of the nursing staff being black employees who've been with the company for 20-30 years. We promote from within. No one has put in the work to train up, empower and elevate a woman of color. Friends promote friends, and when the people at the top are white, it becomes a self-perpetuating thing.
Management/owners are not overtly racist. They believe equality is important. But they do not have self-awareness of how their bias plays out. If black women disagree, they are labeled aggressive. When they talk with their close circle of friends during report, the cadence/speech changes to reflect who they are versus the professional code-switch they must use in front of patients/coworkers to sound "white" and thus, "appropriate." They are then called clique-ish for this, when really they are finding solidarity with one another. They are more regularly reprimanded and cited for behaviors that the rest of us exhibit, because there is a spotlight on "ghetto" attitude.
The worse thing is black women are called aggressive, but when there are patients whose families are obnoxious/troublesome, management says "hey, let's put them with [black nurse] because she'll keep them in line and scare them into acting right! They'll get intimidated and leave us alone!"
Racism is constantly labeling black women as aggressive to deny them professional respect, accolades and rewards, then weaponizing them in order to do your dirty work. It's not fair, it's not right, and this is why we need to work harder to educate ourselves and elevate people of color to positions of leadership.