‘Then’ is still ‘now’: Author Mary-Frances Winters weighs in on the high costs of living while Black in US

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Jessica DuLong

Published April 5, 2021

For some, the decision to sidestep coverage of former police officer Derek Chauvin’s murder trial is a matter of self-preservation. Having to choose between bearing witness to George Floyd’s death and shielding oneself against secondary trauma spotlights the steep costs of systemic racism for African Americans, and the country as a whole.

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.