Akilah Hughes

Lately it seems like everyone is having a very special conversation about race. Whether it’s trying to figure out what the heck is Rachel Dolezal’s deal, or talking about the very real, very present challenges many Black folks face, it’s hard to escape talking about race in America.

While conversations can sometimes bridge gaps and bring people together, the problem with talking about race these days—especially on social media—means you can encounter a lot of idiots.

Sometimes it’s your co-worker who posts something boneheaded about Black people, or maybe it’s your high school homie whose respectability politics get in the way of critically discussing what the real issues are. Whatever the case may be, if you engage in conversations about race you will inevitably get burned out.

Enter Akilah Hughes and her brilliant video on what she calls “Racial Discussion Fatigue Syndrome.”

In the 2-minute clip, Hughes lists a myriad of frustrations people encounter when they try to engage with others about race, and what they can do to save themselves.

Take a look.

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  • elle

    Black lives matter! *kicks over a trash can XD

    Akilah is so funny. When she said that we’ll be standing on the right side of history, all I could imagine was looking at a bunch of wrinkly people with blonde cornrows and booty injections. Not only do we matter, but we don’t crack! I’m gonna go put on some SPF right now.

  • [email protected]

    Akilah Hughes is definitely brilliant. The video tells the truth is a great fashion that evil racist trolls can never steal our glory. We are in the right side of history in advocating for racial, economic, and social justice. Akilah has amazing wit, excellent humor, and pristine insights about how unintelligent anti-black scapegoating is and how beautiful the truth is. I do enjoy refuting bigots though. ;) Akilah is right in her views. We should always have time to relax, read, and enjoy life. Black Lives will always matter.

  • binks

    I love videos by Akilah and this one definitely hit the mark. It is tiresome to keep discussing issues concerning race and black people specifically and keep hitting a brick wall of people who troll or think they are an expert on the issues but they don’t crap about anything. But instead of listening and processing what is being said they have to go on and on to hijack the topic or insert their two cents when it isn’t needed.

  • Raina Elise

    This is nothing short of the truth! She’s a brilliant Sista indeed :)

  • Starr Es Bella

    Lol, from one Kentucican to another. Loved it. #BlackLivesMatter