• Killing the Black Body

  • Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty
  • By: Dorothy Roberts
  • Narrated by: Shayna Small
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (68 ratings)
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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

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While some of this feels a bit outdated, overall this book is stellar and so important.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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