On #Juneteenth, we remember and honor the Black mamas who were forced to nurse and raise White babies to the death of their own. We remember the little lives that were so loved and wanted.

“I wish I dried up

I wish every drop of my milk slipped passed those pink lips and nourished the ground

Where the bones lay

Of my babies

Starved while I feed their murderer

I wish I dried up

So the missus babies would dry up too

And be brittle

So I could crumble them to dust

Return them to the ground

Where all children of my bosom lay equal”

– Hess Love


The disturbing history of enslaved mothers forced to breastfeed white babies in the 1600s


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