“Trauma decontextualized in a person looks like personality.
Trauma decontextualized in a family looks like family traits.
Trauma in a people looks like culture” – Resmaa Menakem
What is intergenerational trauma?
And how do we heal in an environment that is still hurting us?
In a beautiful conversation with Krista Tippett, a journalist who’s received the US National Humanities Medal for her work, Resmaa Menakem talks about so much.
The racial reckoning in the US, the intergenerational trauma that we’re not even acknowledging, his own grandma, and the book on racialised trauma that she had inspired.
Resmaa is a scholar, author, and a therapist. And – as you will realise quickly as you listen to this podcast episode of On Being – a great storyteller.
I first listened to this interview on one of my COVID walks, as I call them, back in 2020.
It has stuck with me since then. I am sure you will find it insightful, beautiful, and worthy of your time.
Also, if you haven’t yet, please see my other recommendations on the topic of trauma.
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