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’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
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 learned a great deal from th ...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
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
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!
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
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
The author knows about trauma and trauma therapy. He has also experienced racism. However, he decided not to research racism and issues surrounding it, but relying only on his personal experience and popular notions. If he had stuck to what he knows, he could have written a shorter and more effective book.
As it stands, he wrote a book that excuses white people from their responsibility in white supremacy social systems by individualizing racism as an epigenetic history of bio ...more
This book translates into everyday language, and further develops the research-based ideas of "The Body Keeps the Score." It is full of suggestions for exercises in body awareness and mindfulness.
But equally important is the framework of American racial trauma. This is not just for people of color. Chapters are devoted to describing generational trauma and healing practices for each of three groups: African American, white American and police officers. The author has applicable experien ...more
by Resmaa Menakem is a new look and a new approach to healing from what has become known as "white supremacy". This book proposes a wholly new approach to healing the divide in our society, where racism is rampant, black young men are routinely gunned down by police, and hurt prevails. A groundbreaking book that endeavors to heal generational racism, that which actually becomes inherited from one generation ...more
So, I was definitely intri ...more
With this in mind, Resmaa created RESMAA ROCKS. As a natio ...more