The Takeaway

Overwork is a vestige of slavery

A black woman working alone in a dark office
A black woman working alone in a dark office
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Co-authored by David Stovall, PhD and Ebony Omotola McGee, PhD

We do it all the time. As Black academics and racial justice researchers, we work seven days a week and way too many hours in the day. The grind never seems to end. We love the work although it comes with fatigue (also known as racial battle fatigue). We want to see Black students and other Black people thrive without structural oppression. These are the reasons we tell ourselves to explain why we work so hard. And to an extent they are true.

What we rarely say, but know all…

David Stovall

David Stovall, Ph.D. is professor of Black Studies and Criminology, Law and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago

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