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Conquest by Andrea Lee Smith
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Dec 07, 2008

really liked it

Violence against Native American women and women of color is a marginalized issue, as is the topic of how colonialist/genocidal policies get internalized in corporate and state decision-making.

Smith asks why sexual violence is so prevalent in the U.S. in the first place, and provides historical answers.

Each chapter is direct, well-researched, and unsettling. Smith's scholarship on environmental racism, American Indian boarding schools, the appropriation and disrespect of Native American spirituality, and the policies of forced sterilization and experimentation on indigenous women are shocking. They need to be talked about on a global scale.

Her critique of the mainstream feminist movement and domestic violence model used in the United States should be required reading. She describes in detail the organization she helped form, INCITE, and also provides strategies for anti-violence activists that use creativity and community resources instead of over-reliance on a police model that is often racist and irrelevant.
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