Yes, ‘Racial Discussion Fatigue Syndrome’ is a Real Thing [VIDEO]
You know how sometimes you experience something but you have no real words to articulate it then someone comes along and says it for you? Well, Akilah Hughes, of the Akilah Obviously YouTube Channel, does exactly that when she explains how tiresome it can be for Black people to talk with non-Black people about race in America. She calls this “Racial Discussion Fatigue Syndrome.”
Hughes poses several important questions like, “Are you constantly having to explain why certain viewpoints are problematic?” and “Have you stopped silencing yourself when the ignorant a– holes from high school comment on your Facebook posts?” Perhaps my favorite line of the short video is when she asks, “Do you find yourself wishing a n—- would on a regular basis?”
Sadly, while the video is funny, it points to a major issue many people who work in social justice, activism, and race writing encounter every day. Frankly, this work can be tiring. But, Hughes offers a few pieces of advise in the video which can help ease the Racial Discussion Fatigue Syndrome (RDFS) struggle.
Photo Credit: YouTube/Still
Want More Convos Like This One?
Latest posts by Jenn M. Jackson (see all)
- Why I’m excited but cautious about the electoral wins across the country this week - November 9, 2017
- We need to bring back ‘The Jeffersons’ for the culture - October 27, 2017
- Okay Amanda Seales, but your race and gender analysis with no class analysis is inherently anti-Black - October 9, 2017
- Why we have to stop letting racists and misogynists gaslight racial and gender minorities - October 5, 2017
- It’s time we honor Black women for their anti-racist work - September 16, 2017