Joyful: How we stop representation burnout – with The Good Immigrant editor Nikesh Shukla

Trigger Warning: This episode contains themes of racial trauma, police brutality, Islamophobia, suicide, and mental illness.

Have you ever been in a situation where you have turned around wherever you are, and see no other faces that resemble you? Representation burnout refers to the stress, fatigue, and exhaustion of being the only person of a particular identity within a certain environment, and to add, the only person defending that identity from discriminatory attitudes.

So what exhausts you about talking about identity and diversity?

Thanks to the following guests for participating:

Award-winning and bestselling author Nikesh Shukla wrote a host of novels such as the critically acclaimed Meatspace, the Costa Shortlisted novel Coconut Unlimited and the Award-winning novella The Time Machine. His most recent works are Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Your Story Matters: Find Your Voice, Sharpen Your Skills, Tell Your Story, which was published on March 17. He also wrote the Channel 4 sitcom Kabadasses. Editor of the ground-breaking anthology The Good Immigrant, the book collects 21 universal experiences.

Stella Sutcliffe, founder of Go Title Free and the mother of two daughters.

Jessica John of @speakitjess ministry.

Helen Pugh, mother to two mixed-race sons and author of Intrepid Dudettes of the Inca Empire.

Here are some of the resources from the show:

In this “My Black Fatigue” season on The Inclusion Solution Live, best-selling author and CEO of The Winters Group Inc., Mary-Frances Winters explores how racist systems in education, the workforce and health care are connected to each other and interact in ways that exacerbate fatigue.

Books looked at this week:

Nikesh Shukla: The Good Immigrant

Mary-Frances Winters: Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit

PS. I do not receive commission for reviewing books and talks.

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Suswati Basu is a writer, journalist, producer and feminist activist residing in London. She has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and the F-Word blogs, and has worked for various media outlets such as the BBC, Channel 4 and for ITV News/ITN. She currently works as a senior intelligence expert.

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