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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Thriving While Black: The Act of Surviving and Thriving in the Same Space is a work of non-fiction that handles important social, cultural, and personal issues, and was penned by author Cori J. Williams, MSW LCSW. As its title suggests, this diversely penned and highly representative works set out to examine the disparities and barriers for black workers in the world of corporate business in the United States and further explores the general stereotyping of black people in business the world over. Unpicking the false perceptions, forced changes in identity, and prejudices that black people go through in this high powered, white-dominated setting, the work explores the wonderful potential of a more diverse working space.
Author Cori J. Williams, MSW LCSW raises some incredibly important points that business owners, managers, and all corporate-involved employees should have their eyes opened to, now more so than ever. The book is written in a highly professional style, but the way in which it lays out some of the tragic assumptions -- for example, that of black intelligence being somehow inferior -- is emotionally charged and simply unjust. The work is well organized to build its different points and approaches, listing the micro-aggressions, stereotyping, and barrier-building that is systemic in the corporate world, and explaining it in such a way that the unaware and privileged can see it anew, and do something about it. Overall, I would highly recommend Thriving While Black as essential reading for anyone involved in or aspiring to be involved in corporate America. An eye-opening, important read.