Jamie has a friend who has two teenage sons who are the same age. One is biologically hers and the other has been adopted. One brother is white and the other is black. Over the years she’s learned that when she needs to pick something up from Walmart, she always sends her white son in because if she were to send her black son instead, he would without fail get followed and his bags would get searched. It’s such a hassle and takes so much longer, so it’s just not worth it.
It’s an unfortunate truth that her white son is treated differently than her black son.
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Today, we’re joined by Quantrilla Ard, PhD who has come to chat with us about what it means to be a black mother raising black sons in America today and to share the disturbing truth about the disparities in both maternal and infant health within the black community.
Quantrilla is a recent transplant to the Atlanta area along with her husband and three littles. A passionate creative at heart, she has answered the call to encourage women in all stages of life and of various backgrounds through empathy, transparency, and love. She is a faith-based personal and spiritual development writer who believes in the power in collective strength, community and fellowship. You will find her wherever people are sharing stories of triumph.
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“Mothering Black boys should not be different. But it is. The beauty of the gospel is that the ground at the cross is level. Each experience with injustice is an opportunity to bring my sons back to the feet of Jesus and how He fought oppression to bring freedom. Each question they have affords me the ability to reframe and reshape the narrative about what is fair and equitable with the hopes of abolishing the necessity of raising their sons differently.”Quantrilla Ard, PhD
Mentioned in the episode:
“Being in a relationship with people who are not like you is like experiencing the full spectrum of who God created us to be.”Quantrilla Ard, PhD