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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’ 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 50 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”.

©2020 Mary-Frances Winters (P)2020 Mary-Frances Winters

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  • Taylor
  • 06-05-2021

Great Book— For Certain Audience

As a young black woman living in America, I know that this book was 100% on point. Mary Frances-Winters was able to back up her every statement that wasn’t her own opinion with verifiable sources. However, as a black woman, I am fatigued with reading this type of material. It is like a broken record after reading so many scholarly articles, journals and books. NON-BLACK people should be reading this material!!!! Black people are already fully aware of the racism that oozes out of the crevices of the workplace, politics, medicine, lending, and so many other facets in America

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  • Kimberly Jackson
  • 14-05-2021

Compelling, Clarifying, and Enlightening!

This was narrated extremely well delivering critical details, explanations, and experiences that are felt routinely largely by the black race. While not a monolith, this definitely provides a true voice of reality for many black people.

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  • Janell Hall
  • 21-04-2021

Necessary

Very Timely for this date & state of Black America. Easy Listening and story telling.

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  • Paul Fletcher
  • 29-03-2021

the Maze of the white gaze

if you're looking for a book to discuss racism and all its various dimensions is the book. it is obvious that this book is developed by a consultant marketing the skills that will bring equity tto the corporation and it's white culture.. This book is particularly targeted to diversity training.

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  • Antwan Daniels "Texas Science Guy"
  • 27-03-2021

An handbook for the un-woke.

This book has power because it can serve as a reference for why people of color are tired of all the mess that is upon them daily. Being aggressive, not smiling leading to bad yearly evaluations just mess that some races don't have to encounter. Read and share with a Caucasian to build a league of ANTIRACIST that is where this book earns it's stars.

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  • Nicole L Smith
  • 22-03-2021

Every Ally must read

If you are out on the streets or sending out tweets we all need to read this for a better understanding of the work that needs to be done....

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  • TLee
  • 16-02-2021

Heal from within

Excellent book to read about cultural differences and how to heal the brokenness in our communities.

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  • Alithia
  • 05-02-2021

Good book for....

I know she didn’t write this book for someone like me , I get these books thinking it’s has solutions or practices that I can use. This is for people that dont live in Black skin. Never the less, she does a good job if you need to be brought out of a coma. No way you can be existing and not knowing when your not being fair toward people that are different than you. It’s a thing though. I guess I’ve been in a coma too because I am uncomfortable around white people for the same reasons they are uncomfortable around me. Some black people are no different.Good luck to all on this journey.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-01-2021

Great Book

Very informative and subjective. Nice to read something I relate to. My only wish was that it would have gone even a little deeper.

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  • Tara
  • 20-01-2021

Excellent Analysis

Winters does a great job of describing Black fatigue and all of its related issues and consequences. Being Black in America is bad for ones health. It’s a wonder that despite all we’ve been through and continue to experience, we still rise.

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