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Unformatted text preview: In her book Killing the Black Body , author Dorothy Roberts details how our government and society at large have attempted to control the black woman's body--from the antebellum master's economic stake in the fertility of bonded women to the 1990's suggestion of laws to prevent women on welfare from having babies. Black womens reproductive capacity has consistently been used against them throughout American history as a means of race control and devaluation. From the time of slavery, Black womens role as mothers has been discredited, minimalized, directly attacked and used to blame Blacks for the inferior social status that has been constructed by whites. They have been forcefully impregnated, had their children stolen from them, sterilized against their will, coercively implanted with Norplant, refused welfare due to their procreation and sent to jail because of their reproductive choices (Roberts). A social view that developed after slavery was that black women, particularly those on welfare, do not deserve...
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- Fall '07