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Color of Violence by Andrea Lee Smith
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Sep 11, 07

really liked it
bookshelves: blackstudies, latino-a-chicano-a-history, indigenous-history, sexuality, womens-history, resistance
Recommended for: anyone who cares about ending violence against women
Read in September, 2007

This anthology is pretty much an indespensable tool for learning more about violence against women and how to organize against it. The authors consistently frame "violence" in the context of racial and gender oppression and move the term beyond interpersonal and domestic abuse to an understanding of violence at the hands of the state. Police brutality, prisons, the military, the border patrol, all are skewered on INCITE's rhetorical lance as insitutions upholding patriarchy and white supremacy.

The book suffers a bit for want of better editing. The pieces didn't all quite "fit" together and the number of typos betrayed a rushed sloppiness in assembling the book. But several of the pieces really stood out. Particularly challenging were Andrea Smith's "Heteropatriarchy" essay, "The Forgotten Ism" a critique of Zionism by Nadine Naber, "The Color of Choice: White Supremacy and Reproductive Justice" by Loretta J. Ross, "Feminism, RAce and Adoption Policy," by Dorothy Roberts, and "Taking Risks: Implementing Grassroots Accountability Strategies" by Communities Against Rape and Abuse. That last one was especially eye-opening as to the different strategies out there for dealing with sexual violence more holistically.

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