Black Female Architect Can’t Deposit Paycheck Because The Banker Doesn’t Believe She’s Actually an Architect
Trish McIntosh is an architect in Kirkland, Washington, but she was in Seattle when she stopped by a branch of KeyBrank Bank to deposit her first paycheck on October 5th of last year. What should have been a simple process was made much more difficult when the banker pulled her aside to question her identity.
She posted about her experience on Facebook.
Nevermind that very few women occupy the architecture industry, much less black women. What should be a point of admiration was called discourteously doubted by the banker in Trish’s story.
Her story initially went viral a year ago, but was brought back to attention over the weekend when new debates over the issue sprang up. Many people expressed support for McIntosh and spoke more broadly of the experience of black women in the U.S. and the systematic discrimination they experience regularly.
Here are some of the comments as reported by BoredPanda:
In an interview with Buzzfeed, McIntosh elaborated.
“I live in a world where, no matter what’s in my brain or purse, no matter how I wear my hair, no matter how fabulous I look when I walk out the door, I’m still black. People still clutch their purses when I walk past.”
Not everyone was convinced that this was an issue of racism. Others said the bank was following standard procedure.
Sure, dealing with the bank is an FML in and of itself, but that’s no reason to minimize McIntosh’s experience.
If only the world were more like FML, where we don’t take into account skin color when judging submissions. A check is a check, just like an FML is an FML.