Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color

Invisible No More Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color An eye opening account of how Black women Indigenous women and other women of color are uniquely affected by racial profiling and police brutality Amid growing awareness of police violence individu

  • Title: Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color
  • Author: Andrea J. Ritchie
  • ISBN: 9780807088982
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Paperback
  • An eye opening account of how Black women, Indigenous women, and other women of color are uniquely affected by racial profiling and police brutality Amid growing awareness of police violence, individual Black men including Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, and Freddie Gray have been the focus of most media driven narratives Yet Black women, Indigenous women,An eye opening account of how Black women, Indigenous women, and other women of color are uniquely affected by racial profiling and police brutality Amid growing awareness of police violence, individual Black men including Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, and Freddie Gray have been the focus of most media driven narratives Yet Black women, Indigenous women, and other women of color also face daily police violence Invisible No More places the individual stories of women and girls such as Sandra Bland, Dajerria Becton, Mya Hall, and Rekia Boyd into broader contexts, centering women of color within conversations around the twin epidemics of police violence and mass incarceration Invisible No More also documents the evolution of a movement for justice for women of color targeted by police that has been building for decades, largely in the shadows of mainstream campaigns for racial justice and police accountability Informed by twenty years of research and advocacy by Black lesbian immigrant and police misconduct attorney Andrea Ritchie, this groundbreaking work demands a sea change in how police violence is understood by mainstream media, policymakers, academics, and the general public, as well as a radical rethinking of our visions of safety and the means we devote to achieving it.

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    1. I received this book for free through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers. This was such a powerful read. Andrea Ritchie did an amazing job making the invisible visible. Women are often left out of the narrative when it comes to police brutality and mass incarceration. I love how inclusive she was of all women of color (including the much overlooked indigenous population) and their experiences. In addition, she highlights the intersections of race, class, gender, disability, sexual identity and sex [...]

    2. Am going to hold off on a longer review until this book is available to everyone, but I read an early version and all I can say is, Wow. Read this book.

    3. This is an a academic work intended for classes in African American Studies, Women's Studies, and Law & Society classes among other social science fields. It's packed full of documented cases of women being abused by police officers and points out that with the right to find almost any offense to arrest someone with, think of resisting arrest, sexual violence can be perpetrated legally through a strip search. The arguments that author, researcher, Andrea Just. Ritchie appear sound and backed [...]

    4. Read. This. Book. Today.(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic ARC for review through Edelweiss, as well as a finished copy through Library Thing's Early Reviewers program. Trigger warning for violence against women and children, including sexual assault and rape, as well as racism, ableism, homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia.)"At the 2004 National Coalition on Police Accountability conference, a man who identified himself as a former member of the Black Panther Party approached me at [...]

    5. (thanks to beacon press and all involved in this uncorrected proof giveaway, though it does not influence my review)this is far from a light read. chapters are set up addressing various topics like policing the borders of gender, (dis)ability, sex, motherhood, as well as one concerning police sexual violence. extensive foot notes are included, which i delved further into a number of cases.extremely quick summation: with the wronging of indigenous people of this country, with slavery, with immig [...]

    6. The purpose of Invisible No More is awareness-raising about the experiences of Women of Color (WOC) at the hands of the police. (‘Women’ is construed broadly to include lesiban, bi, gay, trans, Two Spirit, and Gender Nonconforming individuals). It beats a repetitive drum: with regards to WOC who encounter law enforcement, police disproportionately exploit their power through coerced sex and violence. Ritchie argues that this is nothing new, if anything, these exploitations are but another ti [...]

    7. I read this as a follow-on to The New Jim Crow, and it is incredibly powerful. Disturbing, in the numerous examples of police violence against Black women and women of color (including transgender women)--but everyone with privilege that shields them from the violence Ritchie catalogs and describes should be disturbed. It's horrifying, and the systemic and societal silence about it only adds another order of magnitude of horror. Black women, girls, and transgender people are being abused, ignore [...]

    8. Andrea J. Ritchie captures hundreds upon hundreds of raw, unacceptable crimes of police violence perpetrated against black women and women of color in Invisible No More; simultaneously, she shines a light on dozens of organizations fighting against this bullshit. Hope exists, but there's so much to be done. This book is important. Read it. #SayHerName

    9. Must read for anyone who has read The New Jin Crow, or cares about the fight against police brutality. Also one of the most intersectional books I’ve ever read.

    10. “Invisible No More” brings to light the underexposed issue of police brutality toward women of color and the LGBTQ communities. Andrea J. Ritchie shares her passion on every page in every story in attempts to rile up the reader. Although Ritchie hits on an important topic that needs illumination, she fails in capturing it beyond simple story telling. There are instances peppered throughout the narrative which she will mention that a “number of studies show” or “a study showed a number [...]

    11. Reviewed for ALA's "Booklist Online" -- appears in the June 1 & 15, 2017 issue. If you have a subscription, you can read my STARRED REVIEW at BooklistOnline at:booklistonline/Invisi

    12. "In the end, the real challenge posed by women of color's experiences of police profiling and violence is to our collective conceptions of violence and safety, the role of police in our society, and to our ability and willingness to make building and nurturing values, visions, and practices that will produce genuine safety and security for all members of our communities a central task of movements against police violence." (239)I’ve talked about the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program before, [...]

    13. Short version:"Wow. Read this book." (stolen from Victoria Law)Longer version:Andrea Ritchie has been involved in litigating police misconduct cases on behalf of Black, Latinix, Indigenous, and LGBTQ women for decades, and has been a leading voice in several grass roots campaigns to elevate the violence by police against these women. Now she has written a book examining this issue from a broader historical perspective, placing it firmly within th Black Lives matter and BYP100 framework of police [...]

    14. "Although the officer told her she was free to leave when no prior criminal history or illicit drugs were found, when she walked away the officer grabbed her by the back of the neck, threw her to the ground, placed his knee and then his foot on her back, handcuffed her, and arrested her, allegedly for an outstanding warrant for prostitution."This is a rough and dense book. This book is not anti-police, it's anti police-brutality. It emphasizes the dichotomies of a culture that grants fallible pe [...]

    15. An emotionally and intellectually challenging read that centers the stories of Black women and women of color directly impacted by police violence. Ritchie digs down into the roots of this violence and the ways in which policing perpetuates and reinforces white supremacy and patriarchy. She includes experiences of police brutality and also widens the frame to include racial profiling, sexual assault, harassment, and immigration enforcement. The book ends with a quote by Angela Y. Davis about the [...]

    16. This book does a wonderful job of presenting a very difficult topic. The illustrations are effectively written in a manner that does not hide the seriousness and trauma but also does not gratuitously dwell on difficult images. Ritchie provides not only examples of police violence but presents a concise and compelling history of its motives and uses. Although this book is difficult to get through because of the subject matter, it needs to be read.

    17. Invisible No More is a vital piece of nonfiction exploring police violence against women of color, which is so often lost and forgotten in discussions of police brutality in the country. Ritchie's work is deeply intersectional, exploring the risks of police violence among disabled populations, sex workers, mothers, and more. As painful as this book is to read, it is such crucial scholarship. All the respect in the world to Andrea Ritchie for her research and writing.

    18. I rated this book as a 4+ because of how much I learned while reading it. Understanding the multiple levels of violence against women of color (especially trans women) was shocking and eye opening. This issue deserves more press and outrage. That said, the book ends on a less pessimistic note. The book is anecdotal, with many cases discussed but it is hard to get an overall picture of the problem. I think the author might say that is because the problem has been ignored.

    19. "Invisible No More" provides a platform for the voices to many who have not been heard and indeed invisible. Not only does Ritchie bring important and persistent troubles but speaks to resistance already at work. "Invisible No More" is an important read for any interested in justice.My copy was a gift through First Reads.

    20. A comprehensive, heartbreaking survey of the many, many forms of police violence against women of color. No one understands this area better than Andrea Ritchie, and the book is a must read for anyone doing police brutality, racial justice, or gender violence work.

    21. Excellent research book. If you're unsure of your white privilege, I definitely recommend reading this book! It'll set you straight.

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