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Motherhood So White

Nefertiti Austin

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Nefertiti Austin recounts her eye-opening journey to motherhood through adoption as a single Black woman.

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Motherhood So White

Motherhood So White

by Nefertiti Austin

Overview

In recent years, America has begun normalizing single motherhood for white women. Movies and TV celebrate the bravery it takes to have or adopt a child alone when you're white. But the same accolades are often not afforded to single Black women, as Nefertiti Austin learned when she started her journey to adopt a Black child from the foster care system.

In Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting in America, Austin recounts her journey into motherhood through adoption as a Black woman on her own, illuminating how America views Black motherhood. Along with recounting her personal struggles with family and culture, Austin includes research and revealing anecdotes on the intersection of adoption, race, gender, and single parenting.

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My journey to motherhood as a Black woman was not part of mainstream culture's idea of motherhood, and thus, there would be no funny or ballsy mommy books written by Black mothers on the shelf.

- Nefertiti Austin

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