An All-Too-Common Tale of Struggling to Balance Image with Authenticity

Christopher Hood
We deserve an inclusive society, not one that forces people to wear masks to survive.

We deserve an inclusive society, not one that forces people to wear masks to survive.

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I hate exclamation points. I know they can be useful, but there’s something about fake displays of enthusiasm in professional communications that makes my skin itch. Yet, like a moth and the flame or an Academy Award voter and a movie about how one interracial friendship can cure racism, I can’t help myself. I can pinpoint the exact moment when it happened. Well, more accurately, I can pinpoint the event that led me to sprinkle them in work emails like an overcaffeinated baker making cupcakes.

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