Childbirth has been a part of human existence for, well, forever, yet the experience has changed significantly over time. For African American women and their babies, birth outcomes have mirrored the racial and economic disparities of our society. Join us for this historical look at race and childbirth in the U.S. Our speaker, Dr. Wangui Muigai of Brandeis University, will guide us through major changes and challenges that have shaped black childbirth outcomes from slavery to present day.
First, watch this documentary on Kanopy (using a BPL eCard to use their Kanopy subscription).
It is a stunning reassessment of the American ideal of meritocracy and claims that we’ve entered a post-racial society, Wise offers a fascinating look back at the race-based white entitlement programs that built the American middle class, and argues that our failure as a society to come to terms with this legacy of white privilege continues to perpetuate racial inequality and race-driven political resentments today.