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The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing

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A powerful and practical guide to help you navigate racism, challenge privilege, manage stress and trauma, and begin to heal.

Healing from racism is a journey that often involves reliving trauma and experiencing feelings of shame, guilt, and anxiety. This journey can be a bumpy ride, and before we begin healing, we need to gain an understanding of the role history plays in
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 1st 2019 by New Harbinger Publications
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Briana Bivens
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In The Racial Healing Handbook, Dr. Anneliese Singh offers thoughtful and practical strategies for what educators, organizers, and helping professionals can do to hone their social change competencies in the service of a more racially and socially just world. Dr. Singh presents a historical analysis of racism and multiple oppressions alongside a constructive, community-based vision for action, healing, and affirmation. Throughout the text, Dr. Singh models vulnerability and cultivates curiosity, ...more
Snigdha Deva
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I learnt so much from this book. It's so informative in the simplest way possible. It gave me so much vocabulary to be able to unlearn and relearn. It also gave me more comfort wrt to the emotions I tend to feel and strategies to overcome them as per my capacity at that time. Def a book I will make a point to revisit every year. Just to see how much work I'm putting in myself ...more
Ang
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was super excellent and now I need to buy a copy so I can have it to reference at a moment's notice. If you're trying to do the work of becoming an anti-racist, this is a great resource. The workbook bit may or may not work for you, but so much of the information inside is useful anyway. ...more
Amanda M
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend! This workbook is extremely helpful for working through your thoughts, experiences, and actions when it comes to racism.
Rebeca Núñez
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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** Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with the digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review **
Como alguien que ha tenido problemas para aceptar sus orígenes, y que ha visto lo que hace el racismo, me encanto este libro. Recomiendo ademas tenerlo en papel, donde puedan tomar apuntes, etc y tal vez les sea mas practico para realizar las cosas que propone el libro. Ademas, al que ya tiene y al que no, nos permite alcanzar una perspectiva y conciencia correctas sobr
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Anna
Jun 23, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a well researched, well organized, internally consistent & aligned workbook that opens many potential topics for introspection and discussion. It reminded me of my coursework in counseling diverse communities, and would be a great supplementary text for a similar class. It could also be a great workbook to use in a counseling or consciousness raising group.

That said, I did not personally enjoy it very much simply working through on my own as an individual. The book itself lacks specific
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Mark Andrews
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it
This book offers a "how-to-do-it" format including journaling on experiences and exploring actual practices to not only heal from racism but to enjoin the work of antiracism. I am using this book as a tool for helping a White church group become more aware and engaged in the work of antiracism. I will add to this review after the conclusion of our group's study. ...more
Jason Harris
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
Read this book as part of a book group. Was very disappointed by this book. It’s definitions were inconsistent and inaccurate. It wasn’t helpful nor healing. Better books are available namely “How to be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi and “Born A Crime” by Trevor Noah
Travis McKie-Voerste
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To better see my privilege as a white, straight, cisgender male, has been a challenge that has come feelings of anger, frustration, sadness, and guilt (to name a few). This book has been an excellent tool to understand my role in racism better. It provides practical tools to leverage my privilege, to create a positive change, and work towards creating a world where diversity is celebrated, and equity is maximized.
I have had the privilege of having Dr. Anneliese Singh guide me through some of the
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Danielle
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh.

This book gave a lot of perspective to the reader about race and our thought processes, and exercises in each chapter to reflect on personal experiences, thoughts, prejudices. The author also recommends giving a lot of grace to yourself and others as they work through the process of identifying personal prejudices.

However, it would have been more powerful to have focused on solely on racism; the book turned into every form of identity a person can have which to me meant it started to become
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Trina
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received The Racial Healing Handbook by Anneliese A. Singh from NetGalley in exchange for my review. This book is an amazing workbook. There are few books I feel could benefit the world in such an amazing way as Singh does with The Racial Healing Handbook. This work is hard to do, but straight forward, and there is no piece that feels unnecessary. This book is the right length and exercises are reasonable. This puts the reader into the perfect discomfort to learn. I encourage this book for any ...more
Michelle
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I highly recommend this workbook to everyone. This is definitely a workbook that you should take your time completing, as it requires a lot of self-reflection and critical thinking. I completed this with a group of people and we had weekly discussions about each chapter, and that really helped me reflect on my racial identity and on systemic racism. This book is excellent for everyone, whether you have engaged in discussions/reflections about race and racism or not.
Greg Beale
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding

Finally some work on real cultural awareness and the dominant white influence. Our social justice system never was. We need, as white culture beneficiaries to be schooled in the historical systemic prejudice and discrimination of our divided country. We need to understand that race is a fiction that supported a caste system of labor then and now. The unfairness undercuts human development. It is a sin based on a lie. And it is very hard to cure!
Maya Goldman
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was exactly what I needed. It presented a step by step process from self reflection to collective action on racial healing and racial justice. The author was genuine and unapologetic, understanding yet stern. The practices were helpful and hard to do, and after reading it I can truly say it changed me for the better.
Rob
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars because this book covers important ground that I haven't seen covered in other anti racism work: self awareness, personal story and narrative, grieving, community systems, boundaries. I left off 1 star because the racial healing exercises can sometimes feel repetitive or formulaic as the book goes on, rather than peeling back more layers like it intends ...more
Dan
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A life commitment guide to racial healing intended as a handbook for working thru the layers of healing and transformation required to address system racism in our selves, our institutions and our culture.
Sinclair
Nov 04, 2020 rated it liked it
solid, great examples of activities and reflections to start engaging with anti-racist work. pretty entry-level.
Csimplot Simplot
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book!!!
Joanne
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Seems like a strong intro, along with worksheets, for people who want to know what they can do about racial injustice. Answer: start with yourself, and then move outward.
Don
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very helpful book to learn more about yourself and racism.
Laura Brewer
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Depending on where you are in your antiracism journey, some chapters may be more/less useful than others, but all are good to remember and review. I didn’t actually write my answers to the workbook exercises, but I did think about them all. It was a helpful tool to reflect on my own racial education and upbringing and how I respond to situations now. I appreciated the author’s perspective as a biracial, queer woman and psychologist. This perspective felt different than other books I’ve read on t ...more
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Anneliese A. Singh is a nationally recognized expert on transgender resilience. Her research and advocacy centers on the resilience of transgender people of all ages, transgender people of color, survivors of trauma, immigrants, and South Asian survivors of child sexual abuse.

Dr. Singh is the Program Coordinator for the Counseling and Student Personnel Services, Ph.D. Program (Gwinnett), and she
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