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The Color of Violence: The Incite! Anthology Paperback – August 1, 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: South End Press (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089608762X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896087620
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Anyone who's complacent about the successes of the feminist movement should dip into this collection of 28 essays about the women left behind, left out or simply forgotten. Ranging in style from the jeremiad to the jargon-laden, from the anecdotal to the analytical, the essays are compiled by Incite!, which describes itself as "the largest multiracial grassroots feminist organization in the U.S." Three essays offer eye-opening revelations below the radar of mainstream feminism ("Disability in the New World Order" by Nirmala Erevelles; "Disloyal to Feminism: Abuse of Survivors within the Domestic Violence Shelter System" by Emi Kayama; "Criminal Punishment and Economic Violence Against Women of Color" by Patricia Allard). Though representing a broad spectrum, the contributions often fall in ethnic huddles; four, for example, focus on the Israel/Palestine conflict and three on Iraq and terrorism. Andrea Ritchie's "Law Enforcement Violence against Women of Color" and Andrea Smith's "Heteropatriarchy and the Three Pillars of White Supremacy" are noteworthy for their inclusiveness. Frequently polemical and controversial, some essays may preach to the choir while turning off the congregation. Two haunting poems by Noura Erekat and maiana minahal urge a thoughtful consideration of the other texts. (Nov.)
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Springing from the work of the nation's largest grassroots multiracial feminist organization, this collection expands understandings about violence against women, clarifying how violence operates through race, class, gender, and nationality, and exposing the state's role in condoning and furthering violence.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 6, 2007
Color of Violence: The Incite! Anthology is a collection of politically charged writings by a diverse variety of authors (all or nearly all of whom are female) concerning violence against women of color, endemic in numerous settings - from domestic violence to institutionalized or even militarized rape committed against women of color crossing the US-Mexico border, legal and illegal immigrant women of color, and women of color in the prison-industrial complex. Other feminist and person of color concerns addressed range from the tendency of state systems to take black children away from their mothers more readily than white children in the same living situations; the profound negative impact that war has upon the lives of women and the culture they live in; discrimination and dehumanization amid domestic violence shelters; and much more. Though some of Color of Violence may lean toward the radical side of social engineering - such as the exhortation "prisons don't work", which ignores the simple fact that a rapist or murderer removed from society cannot continue his violence against society at large while he remains isolated from it - the majority of the essays are biting, candid, and honest in their assessment of very real inadequacies on personal, familial, and governmental levels to promote a safe world for women, as well as how the white, middle-class feminist perspective can actually be deleterious to the needs of women of color. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Voltairine Michel on September 25, 2011
This book is one of the most important things I have ever read. I read a lot of nonfiction surrounding issues of oppression and struggle and this one stands out from the rest. I am white. I appreciate that there are resources out there that I can get access to that will teach me profoundly important and helpful things as this book has. This book is intense. It is triggering at times. It left me somewhat obsessively thinking about the issues inside of it every day afterward. But it is a privilege that I was not already thinking about all of those facets of race and class and ability and sexuality already. I feel that I can not write a favorable enough review of this book. I think people of all backgrounds can get something out of it whether it be huge lessons, or knowing someone understands what you are dealing with. Some of the articles are academic and confusing but I found most to be accessible. Please read this book, especially if you are a person of privilege that this book can teach you about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Z.A. Mrefu on November 7, 2013
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The Color of Violence is quickly becoming a classic collection of modern feminist thought!

Andrea Smith and Nadine Naber's contributions stand out as some of the most important and interesting material included in this volume. The article contributed by Communities Against Rape and Abuse (CARA) is also a must-read. CARA's work reminds readers that justice for sexual violence is possible outside of the lens of the state.

Some articles rely a little too heavily on privilege analysis and insufficiently explore the possibilities of revolutionary change, but for the most part, this is a brilliant collection.
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