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Black Lives Matter Book of the Week

Posted on: February 3, 2021

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

My Grandmother's Hands

by Resmaa Menakem

Resmaa Menakem approaches the problem of racism from his perspective as a therapist. He explains that racism is embedded in the bodies of blacks and whites in this country. Blacks experience everyday threats and respond by fighting, fleeing, or freezing. Whites are also traumatized by their fear and the “dirty pain of avoidance, blame, and denial.” A bestseller for the past three years, the book offers breath exercises and more to help readers become mindful of how their bodies experience racism and white privilege.

“An exceptionally thought-provoking and important account that looks at race in a radical new way.” –Library Journal

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