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'Then' is still 'now': The high cost of living while Black in the US and how to address it

April 5, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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TOPSHOT - Protesters demonstrate on June 2, 2020, during a "Black Lives Matter" protest in New York City. - Anti-racism protests have put several US cities under curfew to suppress rioting, following the death of George Floyd while in police custody. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo by JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images)

In "Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body and Spirit," Mary-Frances Winters documents measures concerning economics, criminal justice and education, as well as the physical and mental health of Black Americans. Winters illuminates the myriad dire consequences of living while Black in the US.

In her book "Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body and Spirit" Mary-Frances Winters, founder of the diversity, equity and inclusion consultancy The Winters Group, outlines a stark array of facts and figures that illuminate the dire consequences of "living while Black" in the United States.

By tallying measures of economics, criminal justice, education, and physical and mental health, Winters revealed how far we have not come toward realizing true equity.

Winters' work lays out how White supremacist systems boost White people up on a sort of societal step ladder, while the deep-rooted ravages of racism make it difficult for Black Americans to even reach ground level.

CNN: You've written that when you first conceived the idea for "Black Fatigue," you couldn't have predicted the outcry against racism that occurred in the aftermath of the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, among many others.

Like so many others — largely people of color — I have been doing this work for decades.

CNN: People often point to education as the great equalizer.

In fact, Black people's health status actually worsened as they climbed the socioeconomic ladder as opposed to Whites, likely because, as research has suggested, encountering racism leads to higher levels of stress, causing cells to age more rapidly.

CNN: Because of their position in the hierarchy, White people don't need to understand racism.

Her teacher chose Thomas Jefferson to exemplify "people of good character. " This, in 2021 — during Black History Month!

And are you living them?" When I have conversations with people who are resistant or question the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion work, I ask: "Do we have liberty and justice for all?"

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