410: Resmaa Menakem on Racialized Trauma


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Resmaa Menakem is a therapist with decades of experience who is currently in private practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He specializes in trauma, body-centered psychotherapy, and violence prevention. He has also appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and Dr. Phil as an expert in conflict and violence.

In this episode, Eric and Resmaa discuss his book, My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and Bodies.

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In This Interview, Resmaa Menakem and I Discuss Racialized Trauma and …

  • His book, My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and Bodies
  • His definition of Trauma: Something that happened too much, too soon, too fast, or too long without something that was reparative
  • A sense of stuckness as an indicator of Trauma
  • Racialized Trauma
  • Looking at White and Black Body Trauma
  • White body supremacy
  • Being nice vs. being anti-racist
  • Tuning into our bodies to heal racial Trauma
  • Collective healing
  • The power of not jumping to intellectualizing the wounds that need healing

Resmaa Menakem Links:

Resmaa’s Website




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