Call it a memoir. Call it a manifesto. Call it whatever you want. But whatever you do, don’t call it fiction.
I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t. – Audre Lorde
The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman. – Malcolm X
In a year marked by the disproportionate coronavirus deaths of Blacks, and the Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd murders, Theresa M. Robinson offers a candid look at living while Black in the United States. Specifically, by giving voice to her lived experiences as a Black woman, she affirms Black women as owners of their unique narratives of oppression, marginalization, and disenfranchisement.
“I’ve written an account that I want to read as a Black woman– one that unapologetically centers Black women and our lived experiences without the tone-policing, the invalidation, and the white-washing.”
Blaxhaustion™, Karens, & Other Threats to Black Lives and Well-Being is guaranteed to have Black women proclaiming, “Guuuurrrrrrllll, yaaaaasssss!” over and over again as it moves from the complexities of microaggression fatigue and weaponized whiteness to the hazards of coronaviracism™ and performative white wokeness. Never has it been more critical than now for Black women to take center stage and raise their voices—and for everyone to listen.