Book Review: My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and Bodies
By Resmaa Menakem

This is a compassionate, practical and step-by-step guide to recognizing and moving stored trauma out of our bodies. Specifically the trauma that almost all people carry in regard to internalized and systemic racism/ oppression.

Menakem believes that the stored trauma imprint of white-on-white brutality—what colonists were trying to escape (and which has been prevalent sine Medieval times)— is the source of current trends in racism and brutality towards Black bodies. I have read and considered this before but it landed in me more deeply, truly, clearly this time.                

Another hard read, another must read.

Whatever you read—this book, or any book—know that reading, taking in information via the written word and considering other perspectives, be it fiction or non-fiction, is a critical act of rebellion in these times. Pick up a book, read it, then pass it on.

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