Breaking radio silence (I’ve rediscovered knitting and discovered that I’m actually decent at it) to reblog this piece about racial bullshit (my words, not the author’s) at this year’s ALA.
I just spent the last 5 days at the American Library Association annual conference in Chicago, and I am suffering serious race fatigue.
Race fatigue is a real physical, mental, and emotional condition that people of color experience after spending a considerable amount of time dealing with the micro- and macro-aggressions that inevitably occur when in the presence of white people. The more white people, the longer the time period, the more intense the race fatigue.
I usually come back from conferences pretty exhausted anyway. I’m an introvert, an over-achiever, and an over-joiner, so I’m always faced with having to be conscious about taking breaks, saying no, and engaging in other forms of self-care. But when you combine that with 5 days of being talked at, over, and through by folks in a profession that’s 88% white…well, let’s just say I hit my…
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