BOOK REVIEW | Black Fatigue by Mary-Frances Winters

“Stop using discomfort as an excuse for not having meaningful conversations about race”

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit | Mary-Frances Winters
144 pages | Publication Date: September 15th 2020 | Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Today I’m bringing you a post about Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit by Mary-Frances Winters, for my stop along Suzy Approved Book Tours an incredible title that releases TOMORROW, and should be added to your to be read pile, immediately.

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This is the first book to define and explore Black fatigue, the intergenerational impact of systemic racism on the physical and psychological health of Black people–and explain why and how society needs to collectively do more to combat its pernicious effects.

Black people, young and old, are fatigued, says award-winning diversity and inclusion leader Mary-Frances Winters. It is physically, mentally, and emotionally draining to continue to experience inequities and even atrocities, day after day, when justice is a God-given and legislated right. And it is exhausting to have to constantly explain this to white people, even–and especially–well-meaning white people, who fall prey to white fragility and too often are unwittingly complicit in upholding the very systems they say they want dismantled.

This book, designed to illuminate the myriad dire consequences of “living while Black,” came at the urging of Winters’s Black friends and colleagues. Winters describes how in every aspect of life–from economics to education, work, criminal justice, and, very importantly, health outcomes–for the most part, the trajectory for Black people is not improving. It is paradoxical that, with all the attention focused over the last fifty years on social justice and diversity and inclusion, little progress has been made in actualizing the vision of an equitable society.

Black people are quite literally sick and tired of being sick and tired. Winters writes that “my hope for this book is that it will provide a comprehensive summary of the consequences of Black fatigue, and awaken activism in those who care about equity and justice–those who care that intergenerational fatigue is tearing at the very core of a whole race of people who are simply asking for what they deserve.”

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This is such a well written, timely book that offers solutions to the problem in a way that is attainable and realistic, while also sharing what it’s like to be living as a Black person in today’s world. I know personally, I need to read more titles like this one to be educated, to be aware, and find ways to be a part of the community striving to do better, for everyone.

Mary-Frances Winters is the founder and president of the Winters Group Inc. She has been helping clients create inclusive environments for over three decades. She was named a top ten diversity trailblazer by Forbes and a diversity pioneer by Profiles in Diversity Journal and is the recipient of the prestigious ATHENA Award, as well as the Winds of Change Award conferred by the Forum on Workplace Inclusion. Winters is also the author of We Can’t Talk about That at Work, (named by Forbes as one of 11 books for leaders to read), and Inclusive Conversations. https://www.wintersgroup.com/

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