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Whiteness is Not an Ancestor:
Essays on Life and Lineage by white Women
Available September 29, 2020.
Essays by Sonya Lea, Karin Konstantynowicz, Anne Hayden, Summer Starr, Kate Regan, June BlueSpruce, Sabine Olsen, Carole Harmon, Christina Greené, Sharon Halfnight, Una Suseli O’Connell, Pam Emerson.
Edited and Foreword by Lisa Iversen.
Reviews for Whiteness is Not an Ancestor
“To even consider to look into the mirror of history without looking away from the face of the perpetrator takes tremendous courage. Each and every woman in this book started the painful process of looking, simply looking at themselves and their family’s history. This book is a rare and necessary document.”Daan van Kampenhout, author of Tears of the Ancestors – Victims and Perpetrators in the Tribal Soul
“This is a profoundly important book of essays by white women in which the writers face the realities of their own history—the lives and hurtful actions, even atrocities, of the white ancestors who gave them life. One writer’s ancestors were hard-working Kentucky farm people who helped to perpetrate and took enjoyment from the lynching of a Black man. Another’s were a proud Colorado family, descended from pioneers, whose revered ancestor was the governor responsible for the Sand Creek Massacre. Another came from people persecuted in pogroms and by the Nazis, who immigrated to North America and made adjustments to assimilate into white society, with no intention of harm to others. This complicated the writer’s relationship to past trauma and she comes to realize how many specific doors were opened in her own professional and personal life due to her assimilated non-Jewish family name and white skin, and the meaning of this for persons of color. With compassion and grace, these writers bear witness to the ways in which they themselves carry and have benefitted from the systemic racism that plagues our society. Their core insight is that healing does not grow from denial, or from distancing from those who gave them life, or from claiming innocence. Their reckonings full of pain, love, and new awareness allow them to align their lives and actions to their own values of deep respect for all others and for the earth. These lucid essays provide clarity and insight without a shred of self-hatred. They point the way toward a better future for us all.”Priscilla Long, author of Fire and Stone: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?
Revealing Invisible Truths in America’s Soul
The first edition is sold out…
Second edition coming December 2020!
This book is a psychotherapist’s reflections on the relationship between psychotherapy, truth, ancestry, tribe, and democracy. Ancestral Blueprints: Revealing Invisible Truths in America’s Soul provides a way to relate to the silence that is passed from one generation to the next by offering: insight into the wisdom of our elders and the influence of their lives on ours; consciousness regarding the consequences of unacknowledged truth in our families and country; a compassionate look at American history through the eyes of a psychotherapist who works with transgenerational loss and trauma; a unique perspective on the place of psychotherapy in American culture; and a framework for observing and interacting with life, inspired by our ancestral blueprints.
The first edition was published in 2009. The second edition is coming December 2020.