TRAUMA ON THE BODIES OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

When European colonists arrived, their ancestors had been here for about 14, 000 years.

Around 18 million Indigenous were custodians of North America.

Today there are just over 5 million with over 204 million White & over 46 million Black Americans.

This “story of unique arc of trauma,” now beginning to be told, needs “a wise and compassionate Native writer who soon will.”

From My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem, #HowWeHeal Book Club Selection, 2nd Tuesdays, February through November, 6 to  7 pm, Barnes & Noble Booksellers Metrocenter

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    1. Thank you for your expression of support that unites us – in that it is “our responsibility in this lifetime is to heal intergenerational racialized trauma.” This has been said by others, but these specific words are mine, as a focus for racial healing on this blog. In June of 2019 I personally committed to this mission when I petitioned mayors and vice-mayors of all 91 towns and cities in Arizona to proclaim A Day of Racial Healing with a free-use, City/State Template from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation which you can find on the Website Menu under “TEMPLATE FOR A DAY OF RACIAL HEALING.”

      BACK STORY: This was in response to a 5-year effort from March of 2015 of working with the Phoenix PD, the Mayor and Council, and the City Manager to reduce the number of officer-involved shootings (OISs) that resulted in a doubling of OISs in 2018 to 44, a viral video of the PPD responding with excessive use-of-force in a Dollar Store Doll shoplifting incident by a four-year-old black girl and her family in 2019, and DOJ presence at a second town hall in response to the incident. Dialogue and petitions since the OIS of Rumain Brisbon on December 2, 2014 obviously had little effect on reducing our department statistics on racial disparities in OISs over the last 20 years (21.45 average).

      CURRENT STORY: After the disastrous first town hall during which the Police Chief blamed the community for the increase in OISs, in my research for a solution to develop empathy between the police and the community, I found the Kellogg Foundation and the Day of Racial Healing that further led me to Tom DeWolf of comingtothetable.org and his recommendation of “My Grandmother’s Hands” as the perfect book to address the dynamics among our black and white communities and the police. Six months later, following the Inaugural Day of Racial Healing in Phoenix and Arizona, community is now participating in the monthly #HowWeHeal Book Club using “My Grandmother’s Hands,” doing the work of healing racialized trauma by reading each month’s assigned Chapters and participating in interspersed Body Practices. Other opportunities “for healing and making room for growth” using this book, in addition to healing in community, are reading it “(1) on your own, (2) healing with another trusted, caring person, (3) healing with the help of a body-focused healing professional, and (4) healing with the help of a trauma therapist.” (Pages 305-306 of “My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Hearts and Bodies” by Resmaa Menakem.)

      You’re welcomed to join us through a Zoom Meeting listed on our Facebook Page (under “Events”) through the link on our Website Home Page.

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