My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Mending of Our Bodies and Hearts
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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 ...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
I learned a great deal from ...more
* 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
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 ...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 ...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!
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 ...more
Resmaa does a fine job of digging very deep into white-body supremacy (as the author calls it) from the perspective of trauma, especially intergenerational trauma and body-centered psychology. In the book the author is speaking to three main audiences: black bodies, white bodies and police bodies on recognizing the depths of white supremacy and the importance of understanding its roots and healing our bodies in ...more
This is the first book I’ve read that takes a spotlight to racism in such a way, and quite a unique and unconventional approach at times too. Having such insight into traumas past and present, and understanding associated with it is key to making real progression on such a complicated ...more
I read / listened to this book as part of a course requirement for my Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. There is SO much immediately usable and valuable information in this book!
The narration was excellent, and I’m going to recommend that my peers at school, in my community and within community organizations also read / listen to this book. I’m also going to highly recommend it to our law enforcement professionals on the local ...more
By challenging our cultural norms, the author explains, we can take control our own path and but aside racial trauma passed on through abuse and confusion.
A remarkable book the like I’ve never read before I found this lingered ...more
There’s several sections with “body work” that weren’t as effective for me. I’ve heard that listening to it can be better. I might have liked a shorter version of the book; some parts felt redundant. I came back ...more
With this in mind, Resmaa created RESMAA ROCKS. As a ...more