Precisely the same here. I “make my own position”, carve out my niche, stick my peg where I’m comfortable and function best. I always give my 110% when I’m in the right place so it’s not long before it’s recognized as acceptable and even beneficial at times.
Oh, well this is common in American business:
a) the big bosses ate at the same tables as everybody else.
b) the big bosses didn’t CARE who sat with them.
c) nobody “lower” sat with them because they were afraid to.
So the problem was caused by the lower ranks creating greater significance to the hierarchy than actually existed. In the lunch room, food is food and everybody has to eat.
I guess ultimately, I’m not sure what the issue is that you’re talking about.
a) Racism as systemic racism is a meaning I’ve known since I was 19 and I’m 49 years old now. I know it also gets used for prejudice or for bigotry or discrimination as a synonym, but racism like most ‘isms” are collective group acts, not individuals.
“It’s a problem with society today”. Whenever you hear “racism” you can substitute, “an example of a problem with society today” because in its generic form, that’s what racism is, not a date, or an individual act but a “sign of a bigger problem”.