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'White people can be exhausting': How black dignity perseveres in a world made for whiteness

"White people can be exhausting.

"It's work to be the only person of color in an organization, bearing the weight of all your white co-workers' questions about Blackness.

"It's work to always be hypervisible because of your skin - easily identified as being present or absent - but for your needs to be completely invisible to those around you.

"It's work to do the emotional labor of pointing out problematic racist thinking, policies, action and statements while desperately trying to avoid bitterness and cynicism.

"Quite frankly, the work isn't just tedious. It can be dangerous for Black women to

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