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‘ONE DROP’ When White Breasts are CENTRAL in BLACK LIVES

Abstract:

What does breastfeeding look like when variations of racial dynamics are at play? For example, what does it mean when white women have children with Black men, whose biological markers reflect biracial — both Black and white characteristics, yet socially the offspring are deemed Black? What does it mean when non-Black women are central figures in the lives of Black infants and what does it mean for larger populations of breastfeeding advocates?

In this webinar we will take a critical historical look at the construction of race and discuss the dynamics of these scenarios. Some questions we will focus on include:  1)  What is whiteness and social blackness?  2) How has history created this?  3) What are the various complexities in terms of advocacy, and race relations of this ‘inverted’ scenario, given a historical legacy of Black women nursing white infants?

These ideas and others will be explored in this interesting presentation that will expand our thinking about the nuances and layers of complexities of breastfeeding relations. You should come prepared to take notes and to share your own insight and experiences during the Q&A.

Facilitated by: Acquanda Stanford, PhC
When: Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Where: Online. You will receive an invitation within 48 hours of payment.
Time: 11:00 am-12:30 pm PST
90 minutes total; 60 minutes of presentation followed by 30 minutes Q&A and dialogue. This involves back and forth conversations between host and participants. This means that in addition to participants asking me questions, I will also draw on your thoughts and ask you questions, in order to create a critically engaging reciprocal learning environment and moving the conversation along.
Cost: $35.00 USD per person ♦ Submit payment via  paypal here: paypal.me/AYStanford/35. If you would like to pay via a different method, then contact me.

System Requirements:
  • Platform: Online, Google Hangouts
  • A computer monitor and speakers, or a compatible device such as an iPhone, tablet or another supported device. Note that in some instances you may need to download an app, if you are using a phone
  • High speed internet connection

As always, space is limited: crowds that are too large can hinder an endeavor for a critically-engaging environment. Because my favorite webinar platform is no longer in operation, we will be convening via Google Hangout (this also means that there should be no problems accessing this webinar, at all). Within 48 hours of receiving your payment you will receive an invite — make sure you check your spam box. All you need to do is follow the link you receive and join the conversation on the stated day and time, where you will be able to see the broadcast. If you have any questions, just ask.

Note: Since a certain number of registrants are anticipated once payment is made, any cancellations or no-shows by you will result in your payment being counted as a donation. There are no refunds unless this presentation is canceled by the facilitator.

*If you are a Black woman and the cost of this webinar is impacting your ability to attend because it is causing you a hardship, then please contact me. 

About Acquanda: Acquanda is a critical decolonial Black feminist anthropologist, Certified Lactation Educator, and a doula. She is a PhD Candidate of sociocultural anthropology and holds a masters in anthropology, bachelor’s in anthropology – and even her two-year Associate’s degree from community college focused on anthropology. Acquanda’s political and academic work highlights Black feminist theories as well as theories of race and gender relations, and highlights the holistic aspects of breastfeeding among Black and African Americans in the United States, with a focus on the state of Mississippi and a concentration in the Delta. She is a community organizer, founder and Head Negress in Charge of the Seattle/Black Feminist Library.