Dorothy Roberts is the George A. Weiss University Professorof Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of three books of nonfiction, Killing the Black Body, Shattered Bonds, and Fatal Invention, and has coedited six works on constitutional law and gender. She lives in Philadelphia.
"Monumental. . . . An important contribution to the literature of civil rights, reproductive issues, racism and feminism." --San Francisco Chronicle
"Compelling. . . . Deftly shows how distorted and racist
constructions of black motherhood have affected politics, law, and
policy in the United States." --Ms. "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 "A
must-read for all those who claim to care about racial and gender
justice in America." --Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim
Crow "A leading-edge critique of reproductive racism . . . In
this current era, we discover the foresight and absolute necessity
of Roberts's approach." --Angela Davis "Race in America cannot be
fully understood without reading this compelling investigation. . .
. Timely, insightful and unforgettable." --Bryan Stevenson, author
of Just Mercy "A seminal work. . . . Indispensable. . . .
Prescient. . . . Even more urgent and more pertinent than it was
twenty years ago." --Harriet Washington, author of Medical
"A work of stunning erudition and finely calibrated moral concern. . . . Urgent, evocative and indispensable." --William Jelani Cobb, author of The Substance of Hope