Color of Violence

The INCITE! Anthology

Color of Violence

Book Pages: 336 Illustrations: Published: August 2016

Activism, Gender and Sexuality > Feminism and Women’s Studies, Theory and Philosophy > Race and Indigeneity

The editors and contributors to Color of Violence ask: What would it take to end violence against women of color? Presenting the fierce and vital writing of organizers, lawyers, scholars, poets, and policy makers, Color of Violence radically repositions the antiviolence movement by putting women of color at its center. The contributors shift the focus from domestic violence and sexual assault and map innovative strategies of movement building and resistance used by women of color around the world. The volume's thirty pieces—which include poems, short essays, position papers, letters, and personal reflections—cover violence against women of color in its myriad forms, manifestations, and settings, while identifying the links between gender, militarism, reproductive and economic violence, prisons and policing, colonialism, and war. At a time of heightened state surveillance and repression of people of color, Color of Violence is an essential intervention.
Contributors. Dena Al-Adeeb, Patricia Allard, Lina Baroudi, Communities Against Rape and Abuse (CARA), Critical Resistance, Sarah Deer, Eman Desouky, Ana Clarissa Rojas Durazo, Dana Erekat, Nirmala Erevelles, Sylvanna Falcón, Rosa Linda Fregoso, Emi Koyama, Elizabeth "Betita" Martínez, maina minahal, Nadine Naber, Stormy Ogden, Julia Chinyere Oparah, Beth Richie, Andrea J. Ritchie, Dorothy Roberts, Loretta J. Ross, s.r., Puneet Kaur Chawla Sahota, Renee Saucedo, Sista II Sista, Aishah Simmons, Andrea Smith, Neferti Tadiar, TransJustice, Haunani-Kay Trask, Traci C. West, Janelle White


"Anyone who's complacent about the successes of the feminist movement should dip into this collection . . . about the women left behind, left out, or simply forgotten." — Publishers Weekly

"Color of Violence . . . boldly challenges conventional feminist thought and contemporary antiviolence initiatives. . . . [Its] contributors reveal necessary truths about the failures of traditional social service and criminal justice-oriented approaches to ending violence against women. . . . INCITE! challenges us to look beyond the conventional doctrine on violence against women that has influenced and sometimes hindered contemporary antiviolence organizing to establish a new framework for activism that acknowledges and incorporates our diverse, sometimes divergent, perspectives as women of color." — Keidra Chaney, Bitch

"This anthology would serve as an invaluable classroom source on Third Wave feminism, antiracist social movements, and social justice movements in the United States in the twenty-first century." — Sharmila Rudrappa, Journal of American Ethnic History

"These compelling essays are written by women who bring passion, energy, anger, and insight to an injustice that has taken a back seat to other social justice issues: violence perpetrated on women of color. The writings are impressively comprehensive in their global scope, historical insight, and unyielding passion. The book reminds readers that the antiviolence movement, although perhaps once at risk of fading, remains profoundly important, especially to women, and most especially to women of color. . . . These bold women occasionally shame, always inform, and often challenge readers to finish the book and embark on the cause of finally ending the violence that women of color have too long endured." — D. A. Mathews, Choice

"A deeply thoughtful contribution to radical anti-violence activism . . . Colors of Violence engages a complex and diverse dialogue about forms of violence, resistance, and movement building. . . . [It] does a skilled job of instigating a thoughtful and complex discussion on a topic that has not received adequate attention even among radicals." — Chloe Tribich, Against the Current

"Consistently, the articles discuss the importance of and strategies around movement-building among communities of color, specifically radical women of color, in their shared struggles for liberation. They also speak to a great need for activists to learn about intersecting forms of oppression that may be undervalued or ignored. . . . And lest we forget, the book does not stand alone. The women of Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology are not only writers, speakers, poets, and academics but also activists, concerned with bringing about the change that they write. We can be part of their liberation, and our own, by listening to their voices." — Katie Seitz, Off Our Backs

"Every essay in this collection reveals another critical aspect of being a woman of color in the United States today. . . . It is an excellent starting point for understanding some of the issues today for women of color actively working for social change." — Rachel Pepper, Curve

"Color of Violence . . . challenges every reader to recognize and fight the subtle and not so subtle forms of violence that manifests and is inflicted upon women of color." — Vernetta K. Williams, Callaloo

"A powerful guide for activists, educators, community organizers, and anyone asking the question, 'What would it take to end violence against women of color?'" — WATER

"If I could assign only one book in my classes, this would be it. If I could require every student at my university and every individual in my city to read only one book, I would choose Color of Violence." — Dean Spade, author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law

"Color of Violence is a fantastic anthology from an amazing organization—it's a must-read for academics, activists, and everyone in between!" — Jessica Valenti, author of Full Frontal Feminism and Co-Founder of

"This beautifully produced and exquisitely edited anthology is a mind-bending experience to read. More than two dozen brilliant, committed women and trans activists write with passion and righteous anger, but also great skill." — Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, longtime activist and author of Blood on the Border, Outlaw Woman, and Red Dirt


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INCITE! is a national activist organization of radical feminists of color advancing a movement to end all forms of violence against women, gender non-conforming, and trans people of color through direct action, critical dialogue, and grassroots organizing.

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Introduction  1

I. Reconceptualizing Antiviolence Strategies

1. Rethinking Antiviolence Strategies: Lessons from the Black Women's Movement in Britain / Julia Sudbury  13

2. Disability in the New World Order / Nirmala Erevelles  25

3. Federal Indian Law and Violent Crime / Sarah Deer  32

4. Feminism, Race, and Adoption Policy / Dorothy Roberts  42

5. The Color of Choice: White Supremacy and Reproductive Justice / Loretta J. Ross  53

6. Heteropatriarchy and the Three Pilars of White Supremacy: Rethinking Women of Color Organizing / Andrea Smith  66

7. A Call for Consistency: Palestinian Resistance and Radical US Women of Color / Nadine Naber  74

II. Forms of Violence

8. The Color of Violence / Hauani-Kay Trask  81

9. Four Generations in Resistance / Dana Erekat  88

10. The War to Be Human / Becoming Human in a Time of War / Neferti Tadiar  92

11. The Forgotten "-ism": An Arab American Women's Perspective on Zionism, Racism, and Sexism / Nadine Naber, Eman Desouky, and Lina Baroudi for Arab Women's Solidarity Association, San Francisco Chapter  97

12. Relections in a Time of War: A Letter to My Sisters / Dena Al-Adeeb  113

13. Don't Liberate Me / S. R.  118

14. "National Security" and the Violation of Women: Militarized Border Rape at the US-Mexico Border / Sylvanna Falcón  119

15. The Complexities of "Feminicide" on the Border / Rosa Linda Fregoso  130

16. INS Raids and How Immigrant Women are Fighting Back / Renee Saucedo  135

17. Law Enforcement Violence Against Women of Color / Andrea J. Ritchie  138

18. Crime, Punishment, and Economic Violence / Patricia Allard  157

19. Pomo Woman, Ex-Prisoner, Speaks Out / Stormy Ogden  164

20. The War Against Black Women, and the Making of NO! / Aishah Simmons  170

21. Medical Violence Against People of Color and the Medicalization of Domestic Violence / Ana Clarissa Rojas Durazo  179

III. Building Movement

22. Unite and Rebel! Challenges and Strategies in Building Alliances / Elizabeth "Betita" Martínez  191

23. Sistas Makin' Moves: Collective Leadership for Personal Transformation and Social Justice / Sista II Sista  196

24. Disloyal to Feminism: Abuse of Survivors within the Domestic Violence Shelter System / Emi Koyama  208

25. Gender Violence and the Prison-Industrial Complex / Critical Resistance and INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence  223

26. Trans Action for Social and Economic Justice / TransJustice  227

27. "The Personal is the Private is the Cultural": South Asian Women Organizing Against Domestic Violence / Puneet Kuar Chawla Sahota  231

28. An Antiracist Christian Ethical Approach to Violence Resistance / Traci C. West  243

29. Taking Risks: Implementing Grassroots Community Accountability Strategies / Communities Against Rape and Abuse (CARA)  250

30. poems on trying to love without fear / maiana minahal  267

Endnotes and Works Cited  270

Index  305

About the Contributors  321
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