Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare. By Dorothy Roberts.' New York: Basic Civitas Books, 2002. Pp. x + 341. $27.50 cloth.
As scholars and journalists focus their attention on the problems of racial profiling, increased incarceration among young black men, and their effects on the larger black community, Professor Dorothy Roberts calls our attention to the intersections of race and gender in modem interactions with the child welfare system. In an earlier work, Killing the Black Body, Roberts called us to think about how black women had become ensnared in the war on drugs, and its impact on racial equality and reproductive liberty. In her latest work, Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare, Roberts issues a clarion call for society to take seriously the issues of race, gender, and class in the child welfare system's removal of a startling number of black children from their families and communities. In a stirring indictment of the child welfare system as a "racist institution, which "disrupts, restructures, and polices Black families, Roberts calls for the abolition of the system "we now call child protection and [its replacement] with a system that really promotes children's welfare. '
Copeland, Charlton C.
"Private Pathologies and Public Policies: Race, Class, and the Failure of Child Welfare,"
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