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The Scholarly Kitchen Blog Explores Racial Battle Fatigue
Maribel Gomez, a graduate student at George Washington University, writes the following in a guest post—“Mental Health Awareness: What Is Racial Battle Fatigue?”—for The Scholarly Kitchen blog:
Racial battle fatigue (RBF) is the cumulative outcome of a natural stress response related to race, triggered by distressing mental and emotional conditions. These conditions arise from consistently encountering dismissive, demeaning, insensitive, and/or hostile racial environments or individuals. Coined by William Smith in 2004, the term was initially associated with African American men, but has since been extended to encompass racially marginalized groups more broadly. The daily experience of micro and macro aggressions in various settings inflicts race-targeted stress on people of color. …
The distress arises from the paradox of working diligently to overcome systemic barriers while simultaneously bearing the burden of heightened expectations. Individuals frequently navigate a delicate balance, investing additional effort to meet the demands of work or other domains. Unfortunately, this pursuit often takes a toll on their well-being and mental health.
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