• Killing the Black Body

  • Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty
  • By: Dorothy Roberts
  • Narrated by: Shayna Small
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (131 ratings)

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By: Dorothy Roberts
Narrated by: Shayna Small
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Publisher's Summary

This is a no-holds-barred response to the liberal and conservative retreat from an assertive, activist, and socially transformative civil rights agenda of recent years - using a Black feminist lens and the issue of the impact of recent legislation, social policy, and welfare "reform" on Black women's - especially poor Black women's - control over their bodies' autonomy and their freedom to bear and raise children with respect and dignity in a society whose White mainstream is determined to demonize, even criminalize their lives. It gives its listeners a cogent legal and historical argument for a radically new, and socially transformative, definition of "liberty" and "equality" for the American polity from a Black feminist perspective.

©2014 Dorothy Roberts (P)2020 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Brilliant, controversial, and profoundly valuable.... An important stepping-stone toward transforming the way black women and their children are treated in America.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Chilling.... It becomes difficult to reject the author’s thesis.... that there is a sustained, and in some quarters deliberate, campaign to punish Black women - especially the poor - for having children.” (The National Law Journal)

 “An important and riveting book that skillfully and compellingly explains contemporary challenges to reproductive freedom.” (Patricia Hill Collins, author of Black Feminist Thought)

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Must-read for antiracism education

While some of this feels a bit outdated, overall this book is stellar and so important. I honestly was entirely oblivious to reproductive rights along with its racial ramifications and history aside from abortion. So glad a group of fellow birth workers decided to read it together as book club! A must read if you want to do antiracism work and/or are a birth worker.

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Terribly sad but very informative. Highly recommend.

This book was a very illuminating inside view of the travesties of the birth control industry on black women’s reproductive rights. I already knew that Puerto Rican women had been the first to be experimented on with the pill. There is so much here that I didn’t realize. I highly recommend reading this. I have more distrust for the birth control industry that ever before!

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Excellent!!!

ITS HISTORY
ITS CURRENT DAY
AND ITS FUTURE IDEOLOGY!

This book is a must have read for any Maternal Health worker , especially those working with the Black community. I even recommend this for educators as well.

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Full of facts and figures

Shayna Small does an excellent job of narrating a book that easily could be a text book in an ethics, ethnic or women’s studies course.

Dorothy Roberts, thank you for making me think. Thank you for taking a difficult subject, reproductive equity, and presenting it from multiple points of view.

I could go on and on but I won’t. My brain is full and some of my old beliefs have been challenged. An excellent book.