Restoring Our Connection with the Natural World

Estrangement from nature and engagement in mind/body splits made it all the more possible for black people to internalize white-supremacist assumptions about black identity … If we think of urban life as a location where black folks learned to accept a mind/body split that made it possible to abuse the body, we can better understand the growth of nihilism and despair in the black psyche. And we can know that when we talk about healing that psyche we must also speak about restoring our connection to the natural world. – bell hooks, Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery (Cambridge, MA: South End Press, 2005).