My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Mending of Our Bodies and Hearts
* white supremacy is more accurately called white-body supremacy. it's got less to do with supremacy of white skin and more to do with supremacy of bodies that are considered white. this could be seen as semantic but is quite helpful.
* white-body supremacy lives in our BODIES; it's in our blood, dna, flesh, and the pre-cognitive parts of our brains (aka the lizard brain).
* as such, trainings that focus on the mind as the site from which to undo white-body supremacy ...more
I had been so excited to finally find a book about trauma that talked about the ways that racism and systemic oppression inflict trauma, and this book was a starting point but not fully there. If you can get past the cop apologia (his brother is a cop, and he trains police departments), the offensive language (e.g. “yellow bodies” and “red bodies”), some fatphobia, and the whole concept of “police bodies,” there are some gems in here — particularly in part 2. There are specific breathin ...more
I’ve been reading this book s-l-o-w-l-y because the author wants the reader to stop and actually do the practices. There is a lot here about dealing with racialized trauma, not only for individuals but within communities. Specific practices are for black people, and others for white people. There are several chapters about rethinking how police are trained to deal with trauma as well. ...more
My Grandmother's Hands was an interesting book about racialized trauma and its effects on our bodies.
While the concept of the book sounds brilliant, I was a bit disappointed with its content.
-The book is divided in 3 parts. The first part is pretty much Resmaa Menakem stating the same thing over and over and preparing the reader for what his book is going to be about. I found this to be unnecessary and a waste of time. I just wanted him to get to the point. There was n ...more
I learned a great deal from th ...more
My summer of learning comes to a close, and on Monday, I begin a school year marked by remote teaching. So I couldn't be happier with my last book of the summer. Since this book is on backorder just about everywhere, I had to settle for the audiobook.
Ever since hearing Resmaa Menakem in conversation with Krista Tippett for her *on being* podcast (twice!), I knew I had to read this book. Menakem proposes that we'll not achieve racial healing ...more
This book was a great and informative read. I appreciated the approach of using trauma-informed practices to understand how racial healing is most likely only possible once everyone engages in the process of “clean pain” vs. “dirty pain.” ...more
However, this book only covers anti-Black racism coming from white people and police officers. Anti-indigenous racism is such a central experience for white people in America, it feels incomplete to not address its ro ...more
I received a copy of this book, free, through Goodread Giveaways.
There is a growing bulk of indications that we hold trauma not only in our brains, our emotions, but it is carried generationally in our bodies.
“Contrary to what many people believe, trauma is not primarily an emotion response. Trauma always happens in the body. It is a spontaneous protective mechanism used by the body to stop or thwart further (or future) potential damage. (p 7)
This carefully written and sensitive book explores t ...more
The framework Resmaa has laid out in this book is the best I have seen in relation to healing historical trauma, retention trauma and acute race based trauma. Anyone born in America or planning to live here should have this book right next to their first aid kit! Hotep!
I took a while to read the book; he's very emphatic about stopping and taking time to engage in a series of practices he provides. I just w ...more
Must read book.
But there's more to talk about. So here's the long version.
I wanted so badly to like this. The premise of this book is really deeply compelling. Unfortunately the author doesn't elaborate much on his initial ideas, beyond compiling other people's work and not explaining it very well. He indicates concepts ...more
One in particular really got to me. It required you to think of your ancestry (something I don’t know a lot about the further out it gets) and the trauma they faced. I ended up ma ...more
If the persistence of white supremacy in America surprises you, this book will give you a startlingly different understanding of why ...
If you are not surprised that widespread white supremacy continues to injure America, but have little hope for overcoming it, keep reading ...
If you see white supremacy as a belief system or ideology, in this book you will discover only a fraction of it exists in our cognitive brains ...
If you are convinced
Menakem offers a different approach to antiracism through the lens of trauma psychology, breaking down “hero-villain” dichotomies and teaching practical self-soothing tools to help us settle into our bodies. Racism, he argues, is first and foremost an embodied experience—felt and perpetuated primarily in the physical world rather than the abstract. By addressing racial oppressions in this wa ...more
This is a great book. I have not found any other book that adressesthe issue of race and white body supremacy, not from a cognitive perspective, but through the body. Trauma therapists know that you can't just think your way out of amygdala responses. You have to become attuned to your body in real time. This book is compassionate and non judgemental, yet it challenges people to take responsibility for their emotions and reactions- like adult. I'm so glad I found this gem.
I did feel like the book could of been shorter; chapters could of been added together and condensed, that he repeated himself a lot.
As a therapist myself I was hoping for a bit more in depth exploration of what this would look like in session with clients, with ...more
With this in mind, Resmaa created RESMAA ROCKS. As a natio ...more