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If, as perfectly summed up by Toni Morrison, 'the function of racism is distraction', how can we reclaim our focus? How can we, Black people, resist racism without exhausting ourselves?
For the past 15 years, radical psychologist and therapist Guilaine Kinouani has helped hundreds of Black people to protect their mental and physical health from the harm of white supremacy. In this timely book, she brings together powerful case studies, eye-opening research and effective coping techniques from her anti-racist academy and award-nominated blog, Race Reflections, helping readers to:
- set psychological boundaries and process trauma
- protect children from racism
- handle difficult race-based conversations
- understand the complexities of 'black love'
- find connection, beauty and joy in the world
Living While Black empowers you to adopt radical self-care tools that improve day-to-day wellness. It teaches you how to thrive not just survive and find hope - or even joy - in the face of racial adversity. It is also an essential anti-racist resource for allies who want to do better.
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The boldest book on Blackness I have read. The writing is revelatory, necessary and brilliant. I haven't felt this seen by a text before
An unflinching examination of the daily assaults of anti-Blackness weathering Black bodies, hearts, and minds. With clarity and compassion, Guilaine Kinouani testifies to realities the mental health system has long ignored and denied. This is a must-read for all who profess to be trained in and care about healing
Living While Black ruptures and breaks the silences around [racial] harms and is the offering of a cathartic release to speak the pain many of us may have been told is unspeakable. For those that are in need of a companion, even a friend that can support you in validating your experiences, this book is able to offer exactly that
Living While Black is a powerful wake-up call for Black people interested in learning about self-identity and mental well-being. It also offers important resources for white allies
A vital resource and powerful book - an unmissable read for everyone
In this extract from her Essential guide to overcoming racial trauma, author Guilaine Kinouani writes about the insidious, white supremacist roots of the Black desire to overachieve, and overcoming the pressure of ‘Black excellence’.