White Fatigue, a BGSTR original, is an animated short film intended to drive awareness around the phenomenon of white fatigue and how it perpetuates systemic racial inequality and injustice. The film explores the history of white supremacy and how passive racism perpetuated via white fatigue is the biggest challenge in the fight against racism today.
"It was clear that as a group, we would be failing ourselves if we didn't do something to address the racial layer of this crisis that we were going through." - Josh Norton, President of BGSTR
An old disease is flaring up in our country: racism. It’s always been there working behind the scenes, but recently has be- come more prevalent as leaders and policies in America have given it room to breathe and grow. Discrimination based on race is out in the open and pulling us backward as a nation instead of forward.
Racism is intrinsically linked to American culture; it’s what we say, how we think and what we do. If you’re thinking “I’m not racist” or “I don’t see color” or “I have black friends” then you could be contributing to the problem. You’re not being liberal, you’re hiding and deflecting. This is a white issue that needs to be addressed and solved within the community.
It’s woven into every aspect of life, if you get approved for a loan, where your kids go to school, the culture of the business you’re in, the slang you use. White Fatigue is when white people who disagree with the premise of racism feel over- whelmed and exhausted with discussing and fighting for the cause, despite acknowledging the validity of antiracist practices. This ability to tap out of the fight against racism perpetuates systemic racism.
In 2020, a new wave of awareness, unity and an emphasis on equal rights arose in tandem with the pandemic, but this wasn’t the first time in history the United States has been set alight about this issue.
"Things were allowed to sort of seep back to normal. And the normal in America has never been a comfortable space for Black people." - Robe Imbriano, Author & Narrator of White Fatigue
Not that long ago, the historic Civil Rights Movement occurred and after several historic milestones, white Americans had the privilege to place aside the events and resume their daily lives thinking the problem was solved. While white Americans have the luxury of pretending racism was an issue of the past, it continues to infiltrate the fabric of society, placing the burden on Black Americans to resolve the issues.
In fact, it is white Americans’ responsibility to realize that for- ward progress requires their active participation toward ending generational oppression and stepping up to be allies and defenders in societal situations where white privilege matters.
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Author/Narrator - Robe Imbriano
Creator/Executive Creative Director - Josh Norton
Executive Producer - Carson Hood
Head of Production - Virgil Conklin
Art Director - Jane Wu
Design - DayDay, Carol Cai
Editor - Shannon Hall
3D Animation - Alec Iselin, Conner O'Brien
2D Animation - Liu Chialung, Casey Drogin, Brian Landisman
Audio - Hook and Line, Inc.
Composer - Bryan Senti