Krystal Lake, Home Depot And How Black People Move America Forward

May 19, 2016  |  


It’s a long-held belief among some old-school Black folks that White people get things done.

If you bring them to failing schools, suddenly the schools get better. If you bring them into failing neighborhoods, suddenly the neighborhood gets better. And if you get them to be the expert on racism, suddenly everyone believes racism exists.

Yeah, I suppose White folks have their magic, but I also believe they are not the only ones with the ability to change things.

Take, for instance, 22-year-old Krystal Lake.

According to, this 22-year-old college student and Home Depot worker is inspiring upper management to review and revise all of its policies and procedures all because she decided to wear a baseball cap on a bad hair day.

More specifically:

An image of a Staten Island Home Depot worker wearing an anti-Trump hat went viral on the Internet Wednesday, leading to threats against her life.

Krystal Lake, 22, of St. George, was spotted wearing the controversial hat during her Sunday morning shift at Home Depot, located on Forest Avenue in Mariners Harbor.


The ironic phrasing, Lake said, was inspired by presidential candidate Donald Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

“The point of the hat was to say America needs changing and improvement,” Lake told the Advance. “I don’t think it’s a positive message to say, ‘Let’s look to the past.'”

According to the article, Lake, who is also a Bernie Sanders supporter, wore the hat to work without running into any problems from management. Likewise, she said that it isn’t uncommon for other employees to wear political paraphernalia, including several co-workers who’ve religiously worn pro-Trump “Make America Great Again” gear to work.

So if it is no big deal and everyone else is doing it, why then did her story go viral?

Well, we already know the answer to that. In short, only in America do political statements made by Black people get things poppin’…

Anyway, as SILive reports:

The spokesman added that leadership of the Forest Avenue store will be “following up with the matter to ensure that it will not happen again.”

Holmes did not comment on whether Lake’s job was in jeopardy.

When asked whether she intends to wear the hat again, Lake said, “Definitely.”

You betta’ continue getting on those White people’s nerves, girl!

But in all honesty, I am not surprised that upper management will now be reviewing their dress code policies.

That’s what makes Black folks so revolutionary. You see, White people could wear political T-shirts, unnaturally colored hair, swastikas and a giant chicken costume to work if they wanted to, and most people would say it’s their first amendment right. But Blacks don’t have first amendment rights – or those rights are not respected. And that’s why Black people can’t even wear their God-given, natural hair without it being controversial.

And I know what you’re thinking: But Charing, they are only doing this to stifle her speech. So how is this a good thing?

This is true, and good question. But also look at it this way: At least you don’t have to go to the local Home Depot and be offended by someone’s pro-Trump pendant on their orange vest while upper management acts like they don’t see that, too.

Small victories.

Of course, our magical power to push America forward is only valid whenever there is an opportunity to punish us. See the war on drugs. See the war on poverty and welfare reform. See stop and frisk. See the charter school movement. See all of the great policy changes you have had at your own place of employment.

Becky didn’t do that. Shawanda did.

But if you want things like mass incarceration, police brutality, and public schools fixed, you still have to call on your cool White friends to handle that.

Seriously, though, why did this story go viral?

Charing Ball is a writer, cultural critic, free-thinker, slick-mouth feminist and bonafide troublemaker from Philadelphia. To read more of her writing, visit

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