How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit
Black Fatigue is the first book to name and describe a phenomena Black people know well: the multifaceted physical and psychological damage wrought by simply living, day by day, in a racist society.
Black Fatigue is a vital resource for Black and non-Black people who are looking for ways to heal, learn, and have productive and supportive conversations about racial injustice and trauma. To move forward, we need to know where we came from and where we are — Black Fatigue is the foundation from which we can begin to imagine a better world, together.
This book highlights the history of white supremacist, racist systems that led to Black intergenerational fatigue. It focuses on the impact of Black fatigue on Blacks and on society. The racist system is not just literally killing Black people; it is tearing the nation apart. In every aspect of life, from socioeconomics to education, the workforce, criminal justice and, very importantly, health outcomes. It is paradoxical that with all the attention over the last 50 years on social justice and diversity and inclusion, we have made little progress in actualizing the vision of an equitable society.
Black Fatigue provides an in-depth account of why Black people are fatigued and what we can do about it. White people who read Black Fatigue will not only be educated on the history of racism but may also be motivated to become an anti-racist, an ally, and a power broker for systemic change. It will provide a necessary context to engage in inclusive conversations. For Black people, it will also be educational and affirming, and when one of your white colleagues asks you to educate them, you can refer them to this resource so as not to exacerbate your fatigue.
Black fatigue in the media
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By far the most important read in America right now, and especially so for Black America considering the triple pandemic we’re currently experiencing. This book will go down as one of the most important books on Black mental health in America.
Part educational tool, part self-help guide, Black Fatigue is one of the most topical antiracist reads for this moment
Thank God on high for this release—Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes Mind, Body, and Spirit by Mary-Frances Winters. Now just as ever, Black Americans need healing books that validate our experiences. At least, I know I do.
Sometimes a book meets you exactly when you need it.
Black Fatigue is required reading. I REALLY would love for Black and nonBlack folks alike to join me in experiencing this smoothly-written treatise exploring the psychological and physical effects of racism on the Black psyche and the Black body.
Black Fatigue is a beautifully written treatise on the effects of racism on the Black psyche. Winters draws from her own experiences as a first generation American, encountering racism in education and in corporate America, and presents deeply researched facts and statistics that quantify Black Fatigue.
I cannot emphasize it enough how important this body of work is. Every reader can learn from Black Fatigue.
Resources for Black Fatigue
Best-selling author and CEO of The Winters Group Inc., Mary-Frances Winters is the founder and CEO of The Winters Group, as well as a best-selling author of five books, including Black Fatigue. She will be your host in this third season of The Inclusion Solution LIVE to discuss the many layers of Black fatigue with her special guests.
My Black fatigue
The Inclusion Solution LIVE is The Winters Group’s podcast discussing trends and ideas in DEI with thought leaders, creatives, advocates, and everyday people. These conversations are meant to shift perspectives and empower action, all in service of equity, justice, and inclusion.
In this season, titled My Black Fatigue, you will hear personal and vulnerable accounts of Black fatigue from guests of a variety of identities, age groups, and professional industries. Available here, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.
Hover over each guest to learn more about them and their episode. Click to listen.
Dr. Shannon Sullivan is the Chair of the Philosophy Department at UNC Charlotte and author of Good White People: The Problem with Middle-Class White Anti-Racism. She discusses epigenetics and how patterns of systemic stress directed at a race of people are creating real, physiological effects for generations.