With a historical analysis of slavery and plantation labor, this week’s episode prompts us, at this critical time, to consider what is stolen from those among us who cannot rest under white supremacy and capitalism. While this conversation took place in April of 2020, as we release this episode amidst the powerful uprising in the aftermath of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade, we want to make clear that for those of us who are white - this is not time to rest.
Tricia Hersey is the founder of The Nap Ministry, an organization that examines rest as a form of resistance by curating safe spaces for the community to rest via Collective Napping Experiences, immersive workshops, and performance art installations. In this incredibly rich offering, we speak with Tricia on the myths of grind culture, rest as resistance, and reclaiming our imaginative power through sleep. Capitalism and white supremacy have tricked us into believing that our self-worth is tied to our productivity. Tricia shares with us the revolutionary power of rest.