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Color of Violence by Andrea Lee Smith
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Jul 29, 08

bookshelves: sex-and-gender
Recommended for: anyone interested in racial, economic and gender justice movements.
Read in September, 2007

I've become an utter fan of INCITE! I think they link together much of the most remarkable grassroots organizing in the country. The theoretical and strategic questions they are grappling with, the individuals on the national committee, and much (though not all) of their local committee work couldn't be more remarkable or needed. The Color of Violence, their first book, is on the one hand a catalog of much of the best revolutionary movements across the country. On the other, their is an emergent analysis stitched together throughout that's immensely useful. Tracing the institutionalization, criminalization, and professionalization of the movement to end sexual violence, they identify the key failures and differences of social services and revolutionary change. Their analysis links intimate partner violence to large-scale institutional forms of state violence: mass incarceration, imperialist war, and police brutality. It was also hard to get through; descriptions of the scale and viciousness of, say, sexual violence by ICE border guards, is not something I can breezily read.
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