Racial Battle Fatigue

Insights from the Front Lines of Social Justice Advocacy

by Jennifer L. Martin, Editor
Foreword by H. Richard Milner IV


Can America ever become a "colorblind" society?

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January 2015


Pages 302
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Psychology/General
  Race and Ethnicity/General
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Covering equity issues of sex, race, class, age, sexual orientation, and disability, this work presents creative, nontraditional narratives about performing social justice work, acknowledging the contributions of previous generations, describing current challenges, and appealing to readers to join the struggle toward a better world.

Many would like to believe we are living as "post-racial" America, long past the days of discrimination and marginalization of people simply due to their race and minority status. However, editor Jennifer L. Martin and a breadth of expert contributors show that prejudice and discrimination are still very much alive in the United States. Sharing personal stories of challenges, aggressions, retaliations, and finally racial battle fatigue, these activists, practitioners, and scholars explain how they have been attacked—in subtle, shrouded, and sometimes outright ways—simply for whom and what they advocate: social justice.

The stories within consist of discussions on the interconnections among equity issues: sex, race, class, age, sexual orientation, and disability. Furthermore, the work relates current events such as the banning of ethnic studies in Arizona and the shooting of Trayvon Martin to the battle for social justice. Other topics addressed include the ongoing problems of white supremacist beliefs, the challenges of teaching about the racist thinking that permeates our media and popular culture, and the harms of aggressions faced by minorities and those possessing multiple minority status. The unique narratives presented in this single-volume work combine the various approaches to answering questions about not only the necessity of fighting for social justice but also the impact of the struggle on its champions.


  • Details personal stories of the struggles of social justice advocacy work in the field and in the academy
  • Addresses the myth of post-racial America and realities of ongoing white supremacy
  • Explains the challenges and methods of teaching about racism in the current media and popular culture
  • Presents a diverse group of authors detailing disparate perspectives and experiences
  • Advises students, novice scholars, and practitioners interested in engaging in social justice work
Author Info

Jennifer L. Martin, PhD, is assistant professor of education at the University of Mount Union, Alliance, OH. Prior to working in higher education, she worked in public education for 17 years, 15 of those as the department chair of English at an urban alternative high school for students labeled at-risk for school failure in metropolitan Detroit. Additionally, she taught graduate and undergraduate courses in research methods, multicultural education, educational leadership, and women and gender studies. Currently, Martin teaches graduate courses in curriculum and undergraduate courses in multicultural education, gender studies, and content area literacy. She is committed to incorporating diverse texts in all of her courses and inspiring culturally responsive pedagogical practices in current and future educators. Her published work includes Praeger's two-volume series Women as Leaders in Education: Succeeding Despite Inequity, Discrimination, and Other Challenges; Sexual Harassment in Education and Work Settings: Current Research and Best Practices for Prevention; and numerous publications on bullying and harassment, educational equity, and issues of social justice. She is currently studying the development of culturally responsive leadership practices.



"Racial Battle Fatigue is an invaluable resource; the tangible recommendations and advice it contains provide a roadmap for negotiating the inauspicious circumstances that often confront people of color at all levels in education. It could also be instructive to those who work with these individuals; i.e., a wake-up call for those of us who have never been submerged in the kind of venomous and dehumanizing environment many of our colleagues have had to contend with for most of their lives. Walking a mile vicariously in someone else’s shoes does tend to precipitate a measure of empathy. I recommend it highly."—Bowling Green Daily News


2016 Outstanding Book Recognition Award — The American Educational Research Association, Curriculum Studies Division

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