This collection of writing, guided reflections and historical perspective on race in America is a must read. It is a must read because it helps clarify the real fear that white people carry toward people of color. Resmaa Menakem’s primary point revolves around what he identifies as “white body supremacy”. Coming from a background of counseling, community work (he coaches police officers) and somatic awareness he makes a compelling argument about how racism is not just in the mind but the body. I immediately wrote to my son’s 11th grade teacher to see if she includes My Grandmother’s Hands in her course work on African American studies. I think it is a must for high school kids, teachers and anyone interested in the healing arts.
What is your tolerance for the dumbfounding and the unpredictable? I hope it is not too low, for the world today is full of wind storms, fluctuating markets, hackers and trolls. Someone recently said that on the time line of maturation, humanity is still in its adolescence.With brains not fully developed, people are erratic and do things without thinking at all.