Why are Black people always in the Bcc field of the email of History?
My Gmail Inbox, somewhere in the cloud, sometime in the past.
Me: No, not again!
Sender 01: Please remove me from this distribution list!
Sender 02: Stop doing reply to all!
Me: I have nothing to do with the future of facility management in Airbus!
My inbox is blinking like the flashlights of a firefighting truck!
Oh 100 emails, in just 30 minutes, about facility management!
Sender 143: The next person who does reply to all will be fired!
Me: Dude, did you just do a reply to all to ask people to stop hitting the “reply to all” button?
We all have made that mistake to let the trainee send that email on behalf of our department to share how we care about facility management.
Or often, with good intentions, we use the company wide distribution list to send a newsletter and we opened the manheim of the “reply to all” thread in our work inboxes.
Hopefully in Gmail or in Outlook, there are ways to ignore those emails.
But did you know that this can be prevented in the first place by using just one field ?
I am sure we all are familiar with the 2 main fields to use when sending emails: the “To” field and the “Cc” field.
The “To” field is the list of main recipients who either have to act on the information you are sharing or are the main people that must receive the information.
The “Cc” field is the list for people who might need to know about the information you are sharing and don’t necessarily need to act on it.
Well, at least, this is my understanding.
Then you have that one hidden field, which is not known to many people, the “Bcc” field.
For those of us who are newbies on the subject, below is the definition of this “Bcc” field:
Blind carbon copy (abbreviated Bcc) allows the sender of a message to conceal the person entered in the Bcc field from the other recipients. This concept originally applied to paper correspondence and now also applies to email.
By default, this “Bcc” field is not visible by default on a lot of email programs. One needs to go on the settings and make it visible.
The magic of this field is that all the people in this field will not be able to see the recipients in the same field.
I use it for example to send emails to different circles of people that I don’t necessarily want to know to whom I have sent the email.
I also use this field when I send emails to distribution lists to avoid the situation above and people hitting “reply to all”.
Indeed all people in the “Bcc” field will never appear in the email that will be received. Only the people in the “To” and “Cc” fields will be visible as if they were the only people to how the email was sent.
A current use of this tactic is to send emails to your colleagues about a project that you have done and to put in “Bcc” your boss or manager or whoever you want to shine towards, or to cover your ass, just in case.
Now imagine that I am the Scribe of the Matrix. Today I am mandated by the Architect to write down the history of Human civilisation.
As things are unfolding before my eyes and how History is written by the winners, if I am not Black, I will not even put Black people in any field, not the “To”, nor the “Cc” and neither the “Bcc” field.
The best case scenario today is that Black people will be “Bcc”ied and their contribution to the Human kind will be invisible to future generations who will receive this email.
I remember when I was in High school, in Dakar, Senegal. I never learned the history of Africa or Senegal in detail as much as I learned the events of the first or the second world war. I was not exposed to Black heroes or inventors that contributed to Human kind.
I could feel the whitewashing of my own history by my own fellow Black history teachers. I am not blaming them. After all, in the early 90s, what we were learning in Senegalese schools were set by the former colonialists when they “gave” us our independence in the early 60s.
It was just with Youtube that I recently came to learn all the contributions of Black inventors in the history of Humankind:
And even today, we have Elon Musk, who is the one inventor that we will identify ourselves with.
Where are the Black Inventors of the 21st century?
They are everywhere, still invisible. Why? Because they have been the victims of the Bcc field.
In the wake of the death of George Floyd, I wanted to bring my contribution to the discussion. I believe that as long as we are not writing that email, the best we can get as Black people, will always be the “Bcc” field.
Here are, in my opinion, the 3 things that we have to do as Black people, to not only be in the “To” field, but to be the Scribes of our own story:
- B as Build our own empire
- C as Care about us
- C as Cultivate our legacy
As usual, let’s drive into each part.
1. B as Build our own empire
There is this cliché about Black people loving to be entertained and to entertain. We are the leaders in the sport arena (NBA, NFL, athletics), the music dance floor (RnB, Hip Hop, Urban), the entertainment industry in general. Well we might be the ones doing the hard work, yet we are not the ones owning those industries.
We love dancing and playing music. Yet most of what we do is use tools that were not developed by us to create. Yes, it is good that Dr Dre sold Beats to Apple. But it would have been more powerful if Dre created Apple in the first place.
Most industries today are created and owned by non Black people. We are just consumers, going from one Black Friday by Amazon to a cyber monday by Ali baba.
We love to buy those nice, fancy German cars and pimp them to show how much money we have.
We are working in big corporations created and owned in the vast majority by non Black people. Then we complain that we are stuck in the basement of such corporations.
If we want to lead the world, most importantly our world, the first step is to be in charge and to take control.
We must own the control tower and not just be the passenger in the plane landing in the west indies on our vacation complex hotel that we built and that we do not own.
As long as we are not the architects of our lives, we will always be left on the sideline of History.
We have to create, to control our own businesses. Then we will be able to promote our own people.
2. C as Care about us
This brings us to the second step to being Black History writers.
As long as we are not in power as Blacks, we will not be in a position to empower other Black people.
Yes, we can raise funds and march to make changes in the world. Because when facing the heat, the establishment will always concede something. Yet it is always something that will not threaten their power and the system in place that is designed to make sure that they are the ones in charge.
We can complain about the lack of support in big corporations when it comes to promotions and to not be the preferable candidate for the CEO position. As long as we are not in charge, we will always get the leftovers.
It is in Human nature to connect with people that are like us, Because after all, even if we are not conscious about it, most of our decision making process happens in the primitive area aka the reptile area of our brain.
As long as we are not legion in the Boards of Directors, the Executive committees, the wind will not blow towards our direction.
We have to empower and support our own people. The only way to do it is to have our own businesses from top to bottom. Only then can we support each other.
We can march as far as we want. We might arrive at the Pyramids. History will only remember those for whom the Pyramids were built for, not those who built them.
One inspiration for me is Trevor Noah, who is using his platform, the Daily Show to talk about Black Excellence.
3. C as Cultivate our legacy
This brings us to the 3rd pillard, which is building a legacy of Black Excellence and more than that, Black legacy.
I have seen a lot of wealthy Black people in Dakar, Senegal or all over the world. What always strikes me is that most Black people will get rich, and then keep it to themselves.
I am not talking about sharing the money in any shape or form. I am talking about educating other young Black people and inspiring the rest of us by sharing how they did it.
In Amazon, the number of books of non Black people sharing how they made it is ridiculously high. We Black people, just like to make it and then enjoy it.
We don’t take time to educate Black people about financial freedom, about how to set up and run a successful business.
The worst part, which I am part of, is the corporate Black people. I mean by that, no matter how great or how high you get in the ladder, you cannot pass on your corporate title to your children.
No I am not talking about nepotism and dictators in certain African countries who are taking everything and trying to make sure that it will never leave their family.
I am talking about the fact that we Black, we like it easy, in general. Of course, like every rule, they are some exceptions. Don’t get me wrong.
The issue is that those who like it easy are the majority. And in order to make systemic and structural changes, we need to hit that critical mass of Black people that are in charge, so that we can build our Black legacy.
Coming back Black people in corporations, we are just passive. We just get our paycheck and then move on to the next month. Yes this is the case for non Black people also.
What I am saying here is that we, Black people, are suffering today, the way the world is set. Clearly it is not set to our advantage. I am not saying that it is set against us either. It is just that the people on the steering will, as all human beings, have the interest of their kind first, consciously or not.
If we want to have our own Pyramids, our own statues, our own History books, we have to do more than just waiting for it to fall in our laps.
We have to write our own story, to add contrast to the one being written today, without us
One inspiration for me is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I will let her explain the dangers of a single story:
I believe that if we use the 3 steps above, We Black people will be the writers of our own story. We will not just sit and hope that maybe someone will “Bcc” us, eventually.
We are the writers of our own story!
What are you doing to empower Black people?
What are you doing to contribute to the story of Black people?
What are your thoughts on the role of Black people in Humanity History?
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