I gave up the burden of carrying "my entire race upon my shoulders" years ago. No matter how intelligent, poised, or articulate that I may be, some people can only associate Black women with the sterotypical loud, neck-rolling caricature depicted in the media. Those who know and work with me know that I am about my business.. I am always a professional and I am great at what I do. What I find is that people in general, no matter the race, can be intimidated by anyone "above average" because it knocks them out of their comfort zone and makes them face their own subpar performance. When I have to put others in "check" I don't discriminate based on race, creed, or color! (LOL!) I will say though that some of my worst workplace experiences/treatments have been from southern Whites AND Blacks...maybe its a southern thing.