Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice
A Lunch Talk by Andrea Freeman
Thursday, November 12th
Andrea Freeman will discuss her brand-new book Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice. This heartbreaking book tells the story of “The Famous Fultz Quads”—identical black sisters born into a tenant farming family in North Carolina in 1946. Their white doctor sold the rights to use the girls for marketing purposes to the highest-bidding formula company. Over half a century later, baby formula is a seventy-billion-dollar industry and black mothers have the lowest breastfeeding rates in the country. Examining history, marketing, media, popular culture, and law, Skimmed shows how feeding America’s youngest citizens is fraught with legal and social inequalities.
Andrea Freeman is a Professor of Law at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law. Freeman writes and researches at the intersection of critical race theory and issues of food policy, health, and consumer credit. She is the pioneer of the theory of “food oppression,” which examines how partnerships between the government and corporations lead to racial and gender health disparities. Her work has been featured on NPR, Huffington Post, Salon, The Washington Post, The Conversation, Pacific Standard, and more.
This event is co-sponsored by the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Harvard Food Law Society.