The Washington Post has run a powerful op-ed by Dorothy Roberts
about the decision the of governor of Texas to direct state agencies to investigate gender-affirming care for trans children as “child abuse.”
Watch Dorothy's TEDMED talk, "The Problem with Race-Based Medicine"
Dorothy Roberts is an award-winning author and expert on the interplay of gender, race, and class in legal issues concerning reproduction, bioethics, and child welfare.
Her latest book, TORN APART: How the child welfare system destroys black families—and how abolition can build a safer world, is available Now at Basic Books
“Torn Apart is a brilliant and impassioned call for abolition of our racist and disastrous systems of family policing. Better than anyone else could, Dorothy Roberts shows convincingly why we must reimagine child welfare and develop new systems for meeting human needs, preventing violence, and caring for children, families, and communities." ―Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow
“Roberts demonstrates how the current [child welfare] system serves as a continuation of the widespread earlier policies that perpetuated Black enslavement and Indigenous displacement. A compassionate guide, Roberts clearly explains the relevant research and includes heartbreaking testimonies from accused parents. Not content to merely criticize, she lays out the elements that must be addressed in any new system: income support, housing, nutrition, education, child care, and health care. A compelling argument.”