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Killing the black body : race, reproduction, and the meaning of liberty

Author: Dorothy E Roberts
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1999. ©1997
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Vintage books editionView all editions and formats
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"The image of the 'Welfare Queen' still dominates white America's perceptions of Black women. It is an image that also continues to shape our government's policies concerning Black women's reproductive decisions. Proposed legislation to alleviate poverty focuses on plans to deny benefits to children born to welfare mothers and to require insertion of birth-control implants as a condition of receiving aid. Meanwhile  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dorothy E Roberts
ISBN: 9780679758693 0679758690
OCLC Number: 40699082
Notes: Originally published: New York : Pantheon Books, 1997.
Description: x, 373 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Reproduction in bondage --
The dark side of birth control --
From Norplant to the contraceptive vaccine : the new frontier of population control --
Making reproduction a crime --
The welfare debate : who pays for procreation? --
Race and the new reproduction --
The meaning of liberty.
Other Titles: Race, reproduction, and the meaning of liberty
Responsibility: Dorothy Roberts.
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"The image of the 'Welfare Queen' still dominates white America's perceptions of Black women. It is an image that also continues to shape our government's policies concerning Black women's reproductive decisions. Proposed legislation to alleviate poverty focuses on plans to deny benefits to children born to welfare mothers and to require insertion of birth-control implants as a condition of receiving aid. Meanwhile a booming fertility industry serves primarily infertile white couples. ... Roberts exposes America's systemic abuse of Black women's bodies, from slave masters' economic stake in bonded women's fertility to government programs that coerced thousands of poor black women into being sterilized as late as the 1970s. These abuses, Roberts argues, point not only to the degradation of Black motherhood but to the exclusion of Black women's reproductive needs from the feminist agenda."

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