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Fighting Fatigue in Racial Equity & DEI work


There are lots of tired folks out there. Many people of colors are exhausted by the ongoing racism, bias, diminishment and marginalization of their voice, identity, their being. They are tired of being the ones to always say something, be the "holder of this work."


Many white people are tired in different ways. Sometimes, their own white colleagues and networks exhaust them (family too!) with their stubborn and willful ignorance or unwillingness to engage in this work at any level. Also deeply concerning, white people who are tired of "this work still being a thing" - to quote a white person I talked with recently. Meaning, how many more trainings, consultants, and plans do we need to show we've done the work of racial equity.


Sigh. There is so very much to say about this. But I want to focus on one piece of the antidote for fatigue.


First - rest if you need. Gather yourself. Reflect on your purpose, your space for how you take care of yourself.


Then, Keep going. Say one more thing, take one more action, take one more moment of deep breaths, take one more hour of extra self care. Keep going.


White supremacy works on silencing and shaming those of who are the reimaginers and redesigners of this world. For our own selves and our own purpose - define the space that is meaningful for you. Let your purpose define your actions.

a lapel pin and a gentle reminder


Check out this article I wrote on taking a time out from this work.


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