New York University librarian April Hathcock is suffering terribly. She had to spend five days at the American Library Association annual conference surrounded by — gasp — white people and she can barely function through the post-traumatic stress.
In an entry at her “blog about the intersection of libraries, law, feminism, and diversity,” Hathcock reveals her illness as “race fatigue:”
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 limit.
So, what brought on her symptoms? “5 straight days of being tone-policed and condescended to and ‘splained to' by 'white men librarians' and 'nice white ladies.'”
“Five days of having white colleagues corner you to ‘hear more’ about the microaggressions you’ve suffered and witnessed, not because they want to check in on your fatigue, but because they take a weird pleasure in hearing the horror stories and feeling superior to their ‘less woke’ racial compatriots,” Hathcock complains.
She said she kept her frustrations at bay at the conference because she didn’t want to be the “‘angry and emotional person of color’ yet again.”
Poor thing! At least her illness isn’t confining her to a hospital like all the other sick people in New York. But don’t worry, her cure is on the way. She’s spending the rest of the summer “getting some much needed R & R in this racial battle called life.”
It’s a battlefield of your own making, April. Just check out that Twitter feed:
Her take on the new female Dr. Who, but, ugh, she's a WW (white woman):
For anyone now suffering from April Hathcock fatigue, please contact your nearest Obamacare exchange to sign up for treatments.