Black Fatigue by Mary-Frances Winters

“Then is now.”⁣

Do you know about Black fatigue?

It’s the stress of living while Black.

Racism is physically and psychologically making Black people sick.⁣

Centuries of willful disregard for Black lives is taking a toll, and Black fatigue is becoming a public health emergency.⁣

“White people just think it’s normal to be in control of everything and to be experts on racism, even while admitting they don’t know much about it.”⁣

Through personal experiences and stories, along with historical facts and figures, it is staggering how little has changed over decades, and Mary-Frances Winters puts together an eye-opening summary of the consequences.

Black Fatigue tells the truth. Mary-Frances Winters brilliantly shows us how Black fatigue animates our way of living and how the racism that causes it shapes social structures and affects the distribution of advantage and disadvantage.”

—Eddie S. Glaude Jr., author of Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own,  and Chair, Department of African American Studies, Princeton University

Things that Black people face day in and day out: from healthcare, to the workplace, to education and voter suppression — they all bear inequities and disparities that affect every aspect of their daily lives.⁣

This book stresses that we as white people must be motivated to educate ourselves and stop relying on Black people to do it for us. It is our responsibly.

We must acknowledge our privilege and recognize that this fatigue is real, and that actions must be taken to help dismantle the systems that cause it. Discomfort has to stop being an excuse.⁣

This book is timely. It is important. It is for everyone.⁣

Tell me something you have read lately that has helped you understand better.⁣

Thank you Suzy Approved Book Tours, GetRed PR & Mary-Frances Winters for the gifted book.

  • Item Weight : 13 ounces
  • Paperback : 256 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1523091300
  • ISBN-10 : 1523091304
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.65 x 8.44 inches
  • Publisher : Berrett-Koehler Publishers; Illustrated Edition (September 15, 2020)
  • Language: : English

You can grab a copy HERE.


About The Book: 

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.”


About the Author:

Mary-Frances Winters is the Founder and CEO of The Winters Group, Inc., a 36-year old global diversity, equity and inclusion consulting firm. She is a passionate advocate for justice and equity; a provocateur not afraid to have the difficult conversations. Mary-Frances has over three decades of experience working with corporate leaders in support of enhancing their understanding of what it is like to be the “other.” 

Mary-Frances Winters has served on national not-for profit, corporate and university boards, and has received many awards and honors including the ATHENA award, Diversity Pioneer from Profiles in Diversity Journal, The Winds of Change from Forum on Workplace Inclusion and Forbes 10 diversity trailblazers.  

Ms. Winters is releasing two new books, Inclusive Conversations: Fostering Equity Empathy and Belonging Across Differences in August 2020 and Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit in September 2020. She is the author of four other books: We Can’t Talk about That at Work!: How to Talk about Race, Religion, Politics, and Other Polarizing Topics (2017), Only Wet Babies Like Change: Workplace Wisdom for Baby Boomers, Inclusion Starts With “I” and CEO’s Who Get It: Diversity Leadership from the Heart and Soul. Ms. Winters also authored a chapter in the book Diversity at Work: The Practice of Inclusion (2013) and numerous articles.

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