Mary-Frances Winters’ book, Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit, is now available! You can purchase your book from your favorite retailer, or from the ones below:
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. This 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.
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 tells the truth. African Americans are tired. We are weighed down by a kind of exhaustion that cuts to the bone. Mary-Frances Winters brilliantly shows us how this 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. This book helps us see what is happening to us — all of us — on the inside. A must read for these times.
– Eddie S. Glaude Jr., PhD., Author of Begin Again: Jame’s Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for our Own
Black Fatigue is unbelievably well-written, unrelentingly honest, and unapologetically focused on the specific experi-ences of Black people in America. This book is indispensable for anyone who wants to thoroughly analyze and dismantle racism in America. It also reinforces Mary-Frances Winters’ well-deserved reputation as one of the country’s most thoughtful and courageous voices on race.
– Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Award winning author, social justice activist, Professor of Media Studies and Urban Education, Temple University
Enough is enough. As Mary-Frances Winters powerfully documents, Black people are fed up with racism, anti-Black violence, and the white privilege and white ignorance that produce them. Black Fatigue gives voice to the exhaustion and frustration felt by many Black people due to racial stress and the negative health effects caused by generations of systematic racism. This important book not only serves as a healing salve for Black people. It also works as an effective defense for them to use against so-called good white people when they ask a Black person to educate them about racism. Hand them this book and save your energy for Black people and Black communities instead!
– Shannon Sullivan, Chair and Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and author of Revealing Whiteness, Good White People and White Privilege
Mary-Frances Winters is President and CEO of The Winters Group, Inc., a 36-year-old diversity and inclusion consulting firm, and the author of four books, including her best seller, We Can’t Talk about That at Work!: How to Talk about Race, Religion, Politics, and Other Polarizing Topics; and her two upcoming books, Inclusive Conversations: Fostering Equity, Empathy and Belonging across Differences and Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit.