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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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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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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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Great read!

This book is not only informative, it is validating. It’s interesting to see the common experiences that Black folks share regardless of nationality and simply based on skin color in America. As a Black female immigrant, this book resonates. Both Black and white people should give it a read.

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Necessary Book for all folks

Very informative book that used research and known knowledge to create a web of lessons that can be continuously broken down. I really enjoyed how each chapter focused on particular issues enabling the reader to go back and focus in. Lastly, the questions at the end of the book are questions that will enable radical change to take place within an individual, group, or organization.

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Very good book!!!

I would Highly recommend this book! It is Insightful and educational. I have purchased the hard copy to have as a reference guide because she provides lots of statistics.

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Amazing Read!

I recommend this book to everyone! All races must read this book! It was very enlightening.

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

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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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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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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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  • 09-12-21

This book should be read by schoolchildren

This book should be read and discussed at schools. Young people should know and think about these serious issues, so that society can begin an well overdue change with the new generation.
I am a Latino, gay man, a foreigner living in London, UK. I make sure I find out how racially diverse a team is, before I accept a job.
I challenge any sign of elitism, racism, sexism, ableism at work or anywhere else.
We must do our part in calling people out and being active bystanders when we witness these injustices.
This book is a fantastic depiction of perverse discriminatory systems. These examples and data should be disseminated more widely in society.
I’ll recommend this book to anyone in my reach.

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  • 09-11-21

Structural Racism is a thing!

I really enjoyed this book suggested to me by a dear friend. After I had said how tired I was dealing with a troubling issue. Although set in America I have experienced and can relate to everything written. I wish someone here in the UK would write a book like this. Then I would not have to hear 'that's in the USA, it's not like that here'.