Two powerful books on oppression and healing


In this postmodern global era, there is still so much to say, discuss and unbox on the subject of anti-Black and trauma. We find ourselves in a time when many, especially whites and colonialized cultures, do not fully recognize that the root of oppression and design in many countries is based on anti-black, violence against blacks. and attempting to erase any piece of shine. , invention and intelligence of people of African descent. It is important for all to explore the reality and the continuing racist structural core of our globalized existence as we move through life. It is even more important that black people educate themselves on these topics so that they are aware, informed and able to understand our history so that we can heal and move forward by breaking down the inner walls and barriers that keep us from living. healthy, informed lives.

There are two books that can guide any reader looking to learn more about black oppression and how to heal black minds and bodies from centuries of generational torment and erasure.

The New York Times bestselling book “My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies” by Resmaa Menakem spent 27 weeks on the bestseller list due to the incredible understanding and depth the physical and emotional damage caused by discrimination against the Black Corps. The publisher describes the book saying, “The consequences of racism can be found in our bodies – in skin and tendons, in bones and blood. In this innovative and inspiring work, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage, the physical consequences of discrimination, from the perspective of body-centered psychology. He argues that until we learn to heal and overcome generational anxiety about white supremacy, we will all continue to bear the scars of it. This book is a useful guide for those who want to heal and rejuvenate after being born into a world that was not built for the black body to succeed, thrive, or feel comfortable.

“Anti-Blackness” by editors Moon-Kie Jung and João H. Costa Vargas explores the international and historical presence of anti-Blackness in various cultures. The book “investigates the ways in which the dehumanization of blacks was the basis of the establishment of modernity.” Drawing on black feminism, Afropessimism, and critical race theory, the book’s contributors trace forms of anti-blackness across time and space, from 19th-century slavery to categorization from Latinx in the 2020 census, from South Africa and Palestine to the Chickasaw homelands, from the White House to condemn rental camps, prisons and schools. This book is an important tool that will allow readers to articulate the parodies made of black people all over the world and combat the narrative that race has nothing to do with how our world has been structured. Anti-Darkness is a common thread that can be followed throughout global colonization and can be found even before the world is overtaken by Europe. Knowledge is power and this book is sure to educate anyone interested in parts of history that are often overlooked in the media and in educational institutions.

You can order a copy of “Anti-Blackness” at www.dukeupress.edu and “My Grandmother’s Hands” wherever the books are sold.

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