By Robert Ross
CEO of the California Endowment
It is now official — too many of us in philanthropy have fallen for the okey-doke.
The "okey-doke" is a decades-old expression among African-Americans, and it translates into the process of being tricked, duped, or manipulated. You will hear the expression among conversations at an African-American barbershop or family gathering. It might show up in the following manner: An African-American woman is relating a recent business encounter in which she dismissed a scam artist, and her uncle replies, "That’s right. Don’t fall for the okey-doke."
Or, as social-justice-minded millennials might say, "fallin’ for the okey-doke" is the opposite of "gettin’ woke."
This revelation came to me as I scanned my New York Times and saw these headlines on just a single day: