We’ve all been there: Trying to get someone who doesn’t agree with your viewpoint to change their tune. And if you’re like Akilah Hughes -- lately having frequent discussions about the ins and outs of racial equality -- then you know it can be downright exhausting.
Well, in a new warning video the YouTuber explains that there's a name for this (very tongue-in-cheek) condition -- Racial Discussion Fatigue Syndrome -- and a treatment for it.
Hughes lists the causes of RDFS, including “constantly having to explain why certain viewpoints are problematic,” or silencing yourself "when ignorant a--holes from high school comment on your Facebook.” (We’ve all been there.) Treatment options include retweeting others that have made your point already and deleting people on Facebook.
It's a sign of real progress that we're starting to talk about racial equality (as well as issues like feminism and transgender rights) in a deeper way as a society. Unfortunately for some, though, being drawn into a discussion about the issues might come at the wrong time -- that’s why it’s always good to make sure someone is okay with talking about the harder stuff before you start up a conversation.
And on the other side of the coin, it’s perfectly okay to say “I just can’t talk about that today.”
Be sure to grab some friends and family and tune in to “White People,” MTV and Jose Antonio Vargas' new documentary, which airs on Wednesday, July 22 at 8/7C on MTV, MTV.com, the MTV App, MTV’s Facebook page or YouTube channel. (Or on Thursday, July 23, on iTunes, Amazon, Hulu and MTV’s Video On-Demand services.)