“White Fragility” Unfreezing the Stalemate in White America

Much of fragility is trauma driven, freezing out confrontation. “There is only one way through this stalemate. White Americans must accept, explore, and mend their centuries-old trauma around the oppression and victimization of white bodies by other, more powerful white bodies.”

“Constricted bodies, frozen attitudes, and closed minds are common side effects of racialized trauma (and trauma in general).”

“Until racialized trauma is addressed, changing attitudes or opening minds is large impossible, especially on a large scale. However, once white Americans begin this all -important healing process, minds, nervous systems, attitudes, relationships and culture can all have a little more room to grow and transform.”

From My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem (Part 1: UNARMED and DISMEMBERED, Chapter 4: THE FALSE FRAGILITY OF THE WHITE BODY, Page 104, Book Club Selection of #HowWeHeal Book Club – Racialized Trauma, 2nd Tuesdays, February through November, 6 to 7 pm, http://zoom.us/j/5602987293Edit

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