“Cotton plants have burrs in them that will cut you wide open. Eventually, her hands adapted to the repeated trauma in a way that protected her. But her hands looked odd, almost deformed, as a result.” Read the full interview with Resmaa on “Psychology Today”
Like Bill Withers, Resmaa Menakem had a wise grandmother who played a pivotal role in shaping him during the formative years of his life. For that reason, he acknowledges the debt of gratitude owed to Addie Coleman, whose tenderhearted spirit permeates his new book, My Grandmother’s Hands. Kam Williams – Harlem Dispatch
My Grandmother’s Hands is a revolutionary work of beauty, brilliance, compassion and ultimately, hope. With eloquence and grace, Resmaa Menakem masterfully lays out the missing piece in the puzzle of why, despite so many good intentions, we have not achieved racial justice. Yes, we need to understand white supremacy, but as Menakem so skillfully explains, white supremacy is not rational and we won’t end it with our intellect alone. White supremacy is internalized deep into our bodies. We must begin to understand it as a white body supremacy and to the depth of where it is stored, within our collective bones and muscles. To this end, My Grandmother’s Hands is an intimate guidebook toward racial healing, one that achieves that rare combination for its readers; it is deeply intellectually stimulating while also providing practical ways to engage in the process of repair; even as we read. I believe this book will change the direction of the movement for racial justice.” Robin DiAngelo, Racial Justice Educator and Author of “White Fragility”
…an extremely interesting approach and a much-needed paradigm shift in the treatment of racialized trauma… “New York Journal of Books”
My Grandmother’s Hands invites each of us to heal the racialized trauma that lives in our bodies. As Resmaa Menakem explains, healing this trauma takes courage and a commitment to viscerally feel this racial pain. By skillfully combining therapy expertise with social criticism and practical guidance, he reveals a path forward for individual and collective healing that involves experiencing the sensations of this journey with each step. Are you willing to take the first step?” Alex Haley, Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing
As a career peace officer I entered this noble profession to serve my community, but I had never received any instruction in the police academy or been issued a piece of equipment that prepared me to recognize or examine community trauma…or my own. My Grandmother’s Hands gave me a profound and compelling historical map tracing law enforcement’s role as sometimes unknowing contributors to community trauma. Medaria Arradondo, Chief, Minneapolis Police Department
“Offers a well needed paradigm shift on how we think, dream, and strategize against white supremacy in our bodies, cultures, and institutions. A must-have for anyone interested in advancing Racial Justice and healing.” Chaka A. Mkali, Director of Organizing and Community Building at Hope Community and Hip Hop Artist I Self Devine
Resmaa Menakem’s My Grandmother’s Hands is a gripping journey through the labyrinths of trauma and its effects on modern life, especially for African Americans. In this important book, Resmaa’s penetrating insight into trauma is profoundly impactful and useful are his strategies for addressing it for healing.
He is a brilliant thinker who is able to bring a multitude of research and experience together to guide us in understanding how trauma affects our lives. And how the history and progression of trauma has produced a culture in which no one is immune.
This is essential reading if we are to wrest ourselves from the grips of trauma and discover the tropes in which our bodies and our minds are free of it. Alex Pate, President & CEO, Innocent Technologies
“Resmaa Menakem cuts to the heart of America’s racial crisis with the precision of a surgeon in ways few have before. Addressing the intergenerational trauma of white supremacy and its effects on all of us — understanding it as a true soul wound — is the first order of business if we hope to pull out of the current morass. As this amazing work shows us, policies alone will not do it, and bold social action, though vital to achieving justice, will require those engaged in it to also take action on the injury, deep and personal, from which we all suffer.” Tim Wise, Author of “White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son” and “Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority.”
Recent exhibitions at Public Functionary and Macalester College’s Law Warschaw Gallery, St. Paul, Minnesota, address two side of a question that haunts this place: how to shed the awful weight of trauma and rekindle a utopian imagination. Trauma is a Time Machine: Art and Healing in Troubled Times
Sensitive and probing, this book from therapist Menakem delves into the complete effects of racism and white privilege. “Publishers Weekly”
An exceptionally thought-provoking and important account that looks at race in a radical new way. “Library Journal”