In Everyday Violence against Black and Latinx LGBT Communities, Siobhan Brooks argues that hate crimes and violence against Black and Latinx LGBT people are the products of institutions and ideologies that exist both outside and inside of Black and Latinx communities. Brooks analyzes families, educational systems, healthcare industries, and religious spaces as institutions that can perpetuate and transform the political and cultural beliefs and attitudes that engender violence toward LGBT Black and Latinx people.
Siobhan Brooks is associate professor of African American studies at California State University at Fullerton.
Chapter 1: Legal Framework of Hate Crimes
Chapter 2: Intersections of Race, Gender Identity, and Class of Hate Crimes
Chapter 3: Violence within Families, Institutions, and Communities
Chapter 4: Family and Community Impact of Violence
Chapter 5: Impact of Violence on Mental Health and Activism
Chapter 6: Community Justice for LGBT Black and Latinx People
I recommend this monograph as reading for race/ethnicity and gender/sexuality focused courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This book thoughtfully amplifies Black and Latin voices from queer and trans experience. Its approachable, engaging, accessible craft uplifts the values that inspire Brooks in research. I consider it essential reading for feminist scholars, especially those based in the United States.
Overall, the book is written in an accessible manner, and the author makes important connections between their analysis and past and current events that have shaped this nation and LGBT people’s lives. You can think of this book as a primer into the many subjects explored, and as such, it is great to use in classrooms, both undergraduate and graduate, and is recommended reading for anyone who does not have much knowledge of the way multiply marginalized communities are affected by violence.
Everyday Violence is just as powerful as it is timely! Brooks’ work provides a refreshing perspective by giving voice to Black and Latinx LGBTQ survivors and activists working to promote equality and justice, while also highlighting the role that structural racism, homophobia, transphobia, and discrimination play in not only allowing, but also encouraging this violence to perpetuate. Throughout, Brooks emphasizes many uncomfortable truths – such as the reappropriation of the BLM, and discrimination that Black and Latinx LGBTQ people face both within communities of color and LGBTQ communities – and provides innovative and policy driven solutions to reduce this violence. Importantly, this book is not only about the violence Black and Latinx LGBTQ people experience, but also about community, resiliency, the fight for equality, and in many cases, the fight for basic survival.
Siobhan Brooks' Everyday Violence against Black and Latinx LGBT Communities is a stunning and necessary reminder about the ways some of us survive, or not, through violence. Brooks' words are catalytic—calling the reader to act justly and demanding of all of us to engage in the work of remaking communities where Black and Latinx lives are deeply valued and realized.
In Everyday Violence, Dr. Siobhan Brooks provides a razor-sharp intersectional lens to examine systemic, familial, and communal violence routinely committed against Black and Latinx LGBT people. Through interviews she conducted, rigorous scholarship, and her Black lesbian feminist activism, Dr. Brooks identifies the origins and contemporary realities of some of the most heinous acts against Black and Latinx LGBT people. She also sheds radiant light on why we must end the multilayered violence without enacting more violence. There aren't overnight, one-size-fits-all solutions. Instead, Dr. Brooks offers restorative approaches that center Black and Latinx LGBT people and require institutional and cultural change. Everyday Violence is brilliant and accessible scholarship that encourages us to envision and work diligently to co-create a world where we're all safe and free from harm by ensuring some of the most marginalized are safe and free from harm.
10/28/21, Choice: This book was included in a roundup of "Top 75 Community College Titles."