​Navigating Quiet Quitting


Africans in Slavery history

August 23, 2023

In an era where discussions about "quiet quitting" are gaining momentum, it's crucial to unpack the complex layers beneath this phenomenon. This throwback post, though written in a different context, provides a valuable perspective that resonates beyond the workplace. As we delve into these thoughts, it's evident that the dynamics outlined here often extend into various spheres, including grassroots movements like the Green Party and other progressive circles.

The concept of "quiet quitting" raises concerns about the subtle ways in which inequities and disparities manifest, particularly for Black and Global Majority individuals. The observation that certain individuals can do the bare minimum and reap rewards while others must go above and beyond merely to be seen reflects a broader societal pattern.

This resonates with experiences shared by many individuals within the Green Party and other progressive movements. Despite their dedication and efforts to build and strengthen these movements, there can often be a disconnect between contribution and recognition. Just as in workplaces described in the post, it's not uncommon for those who put in extra work to remain unseen or even face challenges in receiving acknowledgment.

The intersection of race, power dynamics, and the inherent scrutiny faced by Black individuals adds another layer to this conversation. The perception of not being part of the mainstream, the undercurrents of racism, and the sometimes subtle biases can lead to unequal treatment. This scenario parallels the struggles faced by those working tirelessly within progressive organizations, striving for a more just society, yet encountering systemic hurdles.

The call to question whether there's something wrong with doing one's job conscientiously resonates beyond workplaces. It becomes a broader query about the societal norms and expectations placed on individuals, particularly those from historically marginalized backgrounds. The reflections on overwork in certain countries versus others highlight the cultural variations that shape these dynamics. Yet, the underlying theme remains consistent – the importance of recognizing and valuing contributions, regardless of cultural context.

The article's observations on representation are equally applicable to the realms of politics and activism. The impact of underrepresentation, combined with the challenges Black individuals face, mirrors the struggle for visibility within movements aimed at progressive change.

As we reflect on these thoughts, we must consider the lessons they offer to our own spaces of activism and advocacy. By acknowledging the presence of "quiet quitting" and working collectively to ensure that dedication and contributions are acknowledged, valued, and rewarded, we can move towards building movements that truly embody the principles of justice, equality, and empowerment.

Additionally, as we approach August 23, 2023, the Remembrance of Slave Trade & Abolition Day, it's essential to recognize the historical and ongoing struggles that shape the experiences of Black individuals. This day serves as a solemn reminder of the atrocities of the transatlantic slave trade and the importance of acknowledging the resilience and strength of those who fought for freedom and justice. As we navigate the challenges of the present, let us also honor the past and work towards a more equitable future for all.


The National Black Caucus of the Green Party of the United States (NBCGP) is a network of Black and African American Green Party members and supporters working to build a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. We believe that the Green Party is the best vehicle for achieving these goals, and we are committed to working within the party to create a more inclusive and representative movement.


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  • Philena Farley
    published this page in Issues 2023-08-22 13:50:18 -0400