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Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  33 reviews
An eye-opening account of how Black women, Indigenous women, and other women of color are uniquely affected by racial profiling and police brutality.
Amid growing awareness of police violence, individual Black men including Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, and Freddie Gray have been the focus of most media-driven narratives.
Yet Black women, Indigenous women,
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Beacon Press
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Jessica
I received this book for free through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers.

This was such a powerful read. Andrea Ritchie did an amazing job making the invisible visible. Women are often left out of the narrative when it comes to police brutality and mass incarceration. I love how inclusive she was of all women of color (including the much overlooked indigenous population) and their experiences. In addition, she highlights the intersections of race, class, gender, disability, sexual identity and sexua
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Victoria Law
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Am going to hold off on a longer review until this book is available to everyone, but I read an early version and all I can say is, Wow. Read this book.
Lynn
This is an a academic work intended for classes in African American Studies, Women's Studies, and Law & Society classes among other social science fields. It's packed full of documented cases of women being abused by police officers and points out that with the right to find almost any offense to arrest someone with, think of resisting arrest, sexual violence can be perpetrated legally through a strip search. The arguments that author, researcher, Andrea Just. Ritchie appear sound and backed ...more
Kelly
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read. This. Book. Today.

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic ARC for review through Edelweiss, as well as a finished copy through Library Thing's Early Reviewers program. Trigger warning for violence against women and children, including sexual assault and rape, as well as racism, ableism, homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia.)

"At the 2004 National Coalition on Police Accountability conference, a man who identified himself as a former member of the Black Panther Party approached me at
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Cyd
I read this as a follow-on to The New Jim Crow, and it is incredibly powerful. Disturbing, in the numerous examples of police violence against Black women and women of color (including transgender women)--but everyone with privilege that shields them from the violence Ritchie catalogs and describes should be disturbed. It's horrifying, and the systemic and societal silence about it only adds another order of magnitude of horror. Black women, girls, and transgender people are being abused, ignore ...more
Regan
Oct 24, 2017 rated it liked it
The purpose of Invisible No More is awareness-raising about the experiences of Women of Color (WOC) at the hands of the police. (‘Women’ is construed broadly to include lesiban, bi, gay, trans, Two Spirit, and Gender Nonconforming individuals). It beats a repetitive drum: with regards to WOC who encounter law enforcement, police disproportionately exploit their power through coerced sex and violence. Ritchie argues that this is nothing new, if anything, these exploitations are but another tired ...more
Abigail Dankoff
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Andrea J. Ritchie captures hundreds upon hundreds of raw, unacceptable crimes of police violence perpetrated against black women and women of color in Invisible No More; simultaneously, she shines a light on dozens of organizations fighting against this bullshit. Hope exists, but there's so much to be done. This book is important. Read it.

#SayHerName
Allison
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Must read for anyone who has read The New Jin Crow, or cares about the fight against police brutality. Also one of the most intersectional books I’ve ever read.
Lynn
Aug 14, 2017 marked it as to-read
Heard a good interview with the author on npr
Annie Windholz
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color by Andrea J. Ritchie
Author Andrea Ritchie was a co-author with Kimberle Crenshaw for the African American Policy Forum report Say Her Name which inspired the campaign #SayHerName to recognize black women and girls killed by police in America. Ritchie's book Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color should be required reading, but is also traumatic to read about all the instances of violence perpetrated against
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Na
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
“Invisible No More” brings to light the underexposed issue of police brutality toward women of color and the LGBTQ communities. Andrea J. Ritchie shares her passion on every page in every story in attempts to rile up the reader. Although Ritchie hits on an important topic that needs illumination, she fails in capturing it beyond simple story telling. There are instances peppered throughout the narrative which she will mention that a “number of studies show” or “a study showed a number”. What are ...more
Valerie
Reviewed for ALA's "Booklist Online" -- appears in the June 1 & 15, 2017 issue. If you have a subscription, you can read my STARRED REVIEW at BooklistOnline.com at:
https://www.booklistonline.com/Invisi...
Jordan
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"In the end, the real challenge posed by women of color's experiences of police profiling and violence is to our collective conceptions of violence and safety, the role of police in our society, and to our ability and willingness to make building and nurturing values, visions, and practices that will produce genuine safety and security for all members of our communities a central task of movements against police violence." (239)
I’ve talked about the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program before, a
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Morgan Dhu
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing

In her Introduction to Angela Ritchie’s Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color, Angela Y. Davis writes:

“Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color is a very important twenty-first-century document. It reminds us how little in the way of material progress has been made during the last century in purging our societies of officially condoned racist violence. At the same time, Andrea Ritchie’s multifaceted and unrelenting antiviolence
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Alan Mills
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Short version:

"Wow. Read this book." (stolen from Victoria Law)

Longer version:

Andrea Ritchie has been involved in litigating police misconduct cases on behalf of Black, Latinix, Indigenous, and LGBTQ women for decades, and has been a leading voice in several grass roots campaigns to elevate the violence by police against these women. Now she has written a book examining this issue from a broader historical perspective, placing it firmly within th Black Lives matter and BYP100 framework of police
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(a)lyss(a)
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Although the officer told her she was free to leave when no prior criminal history or illicit drugs were found, when she walked away the officer grabbed her by the back of the neck, threw her to the ground, placed his knee and then his foot on her back, handcuffed her, and arrested her, allegedly for an outstanding warrant for prostitution."

This is a rough and dense book.

This book is not anti-police, it's anti police-brutality. It emphasizes the dichotomies of a culture that grants fallible pe
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Jamie Cerretti
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
An emotionally and intellectually challenging read that centers the stories of Black women and women of color directly impacted by police violence. Ritchie digs down into the roots of this violence and the ways in which policing perpetuates and reinforces white supremacy and patriarchy. She includes experiences of police brutality and also widens the frame to include racial profiling, sexual assault, harassment, and immigration enforcement. The book ends with a quote by Angela Y. Davis about the ...more
Hannah
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was the most articulate and challenging book that I've read since Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow. She makes the critical connections of gendered police violence and the experiences of people of color, including immigrants and indigenous women and makes calls for resistance and lifting up the stories of women and LGBTQ individuals. Like The New Jim Crow, I'm sure I'll be thinking about and returning to this book for many years to come.
Jessica
This book does a wonderful job of presenting a very difficult topic. The illustrations are effectively written in a manner that does not hide the seriousness and trauma but also does not gratuitously dwell on difficult images. Ritchie provides not only examples of police violence but presents a concise and compelling history of its motives and uses. Although this book is difficult to get through because of the subject matter, it needs to be read.
Megan
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: race, feminism
This is a really important book that shows in tragic detail how vulnerable women of color and transwomen are subjected to humiliating and violent treatment by police. The only reason for the three stars is that I think the book could have benefited from more in-depth treatment of specific women and stories, rather than focusing so much on broad stroke; story drives home the (in)humanity of these people and practices.
Gin Jenny (Reading the End)
Invisible No More is a vital piece of nonfiction exploring police violence against women of color, which is so often lost and forgotten in discussions of police brutality in the country. Ritchie's work is deeply intersectional, exploring the risks of police violence among disabled populations, sex workers, mothers, and more. As painful as this book is to read, it is such crucial scholarship. All the respect in the world to Andrea Ritchie for her research and writing.
Marilyn
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I rated this book as a 4+ because of how much I learned while reading it. Understanding the multiple levels of violence against women of color (especially trans women) was shocking and eye opening. This issue deserves more press and outrage. That said, the book ends on a less pessimistic note. The book is anecdotal, with many cases discussed but it is hard to get an overall picture of the problem. I think the author might say that is because the problem has been ignored.
Rachel Parrott
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
"Invisible No More" provides a platform for the voices to many who have not been heard and indeed invisible. Not only does Ritchie bring important and persistent troubles but speaks to resistance already at work. "Invisible No More" is an important read for any interested in justice.

My copy was a gift through Goodreads First Reads.
Vari Robinson
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Highly highly recommend. Such a powerful read, and does a great job talking about the intersections of police violence towards women and non-binary individuals of color with mental health, LGBTQIA+ identities and expression, and more.
Leigh
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A comprehensive, heartbreaking survey of the many, many forms of police violence against women of color. No one understands this area better than Andrea Ritchie, and the book is a must read for anyone doing police brutality, racial justice, or gender violence work.
Cathy
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent research book. If you're unsure of your white privilege, I definitely recommend reading this book! It'll set you straight.
Rachel Paul
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the most informative books I’ve read on social justice. A must read for anyone who cares about women’s issues.
S. B. Letham
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must-read for feminist activists
How White Is It?
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is an essential read and deals with everything it is about with a distinct respect and honesty. Ritchie did great work here.
Aaron Bumgarner
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Nov 09, 2017
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Andrea Ritchie is a Black lesbian immigrant and police misconduct attorney and organizer who has engaged in extensive research, writing, and advocacy around criminalization of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people of color over the past two decades. She recently published Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color now available from Beacon Pr ...more