Book Review

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies

by Resmaa Menakem

This book is important in the race dialogue because it points to the baseline where we are impacted–our bodies. It’s not just what happens in our head and our thoughts, the trauma that is experienced embeds at the cellular level in our bodies and this gets passed down through the generations. For all of us. He looks at this impact through the lens of the white body, the black body, and the police body, as well as how to bring healing. As an example, for the white body, a critical first step is to learn settle our own bodies rather than to be armored up and protected. It’s a different perspective from how we’ve been “thinking” about racial equity, a systemic view that begins with our most basic system– our bodies.

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