“When two or more unfamiliar bodies first encounter one another, each body goes on alert while its lizard brain discerns, ASAP, whether the body is safe or dangerous. One shortcut the lizard brain uses to make this determination is by asking, ‘How closely does this body match mine?’ The lizard brain then tells the body to either relax in recognition or constrict in self-protection. Both white and Black bodies often do this.”

“Most forms of dialogue, diversity training, and other cognitive interventions are going to have little effect on this reflexive fear response.”

QUOTES from Syllabus in April – Chapters 4, 5, 6, Pages 57-96 from My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem

Part 1: UNARMED and DISMEMBERED, Chapter 6: Violating the Black Body (Pages 91 and 96)

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