Episode 115 – We Can’t Breathe: Facing the Pain of Racism

Jun 11, 2020


Racial injustice takes one’s breath away. It reaches back to the psychic asphyxiations of the Middle Passage, slavery, and Jim Crow—cut-offs from home, family, freedom and justice. Racism persists in systemic inequities and ongoing instances of police violence.

The death of George Floyd, handcuffed, pleading, and unable to breathe, has inspired a collective rising in protest against current brutality and historic inhumanity. Breath as essence, consciousness and soul gives voice to lamentation and outrage. We cry out for the clean air of fairness, because racism is utterly breathtaking. Dr. Fanny Brewster joins us for today’s important discussion. 


Books by Fanny Brewster, PhD are available on Amazon.

     The Racial Complex: A Jungian Perspective on Culture and Race

     Archetypal Grief

     African Americans and Jungian Psychology: Leaving the Shadows

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  1. Don Murphy

    Wow! A very moving dialogue. Thanks for broadcasting.

  2. Jessica Curtner

    Can you post the name and author of the poem that Fanny shared?

  3. Gus Brunsman

    Powerful We Can’t Breathe poem, Fanny Brewster!
    Hope it goes viral!

  4. Kathryn Kuisle

    Thank you for this most moving sharing with Fanny Brewster . Together with Fanny your thoughtful reflections were so helpful in looking at through depth psychology eyes and very human eyes all that is happening in our cities, country and world and each of our own lives. Gratefully, Kathryn

  5. Kathy Schnur

    I had an interesting webinar this week, where the presenter suggested that after the virus of 1918 a whole lot of similar turmoil took place. She suggested that the symptoms of that virus ( respiratory, bacterial, bleeding from mouth and nose,) showed up in the collective uncousious thru the arts made afterwards( drowning) .If you play that forward ” I can’t breath ” or suffocation will show up in our arts and life, and accounts for the global collective response.


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