Mom Takes Controversial Breast-Feeding Photo at Her Own Graduation Ceremony
byKaitlin StanfordJun 09, 2014
Earlier this month, 25-year-old Karlesha Thurman graduated from California State University Long Beach. Clutching her diploma as she posed for graduation day photos, she was more than proud of what she'd accomplished–especially since she'd just recently become a mom.
But there was one other photo Karlesha took while standing outside her school auditorium that day. And it was about to send tongues wagging near and far.
It was this shot, which captures her smiling, with her gown open, proudly breast-feeding her young daughter amid the crowd.
Soon after, she shared the photo with the Facebook group Black Women Do Breastfeed, who in turn reposted it to their own page.
It wasn't long before the photo started getting lots of feedback. While many commenters were supportive of Thurman, others were particularly harsh–especially on Twitter, where these were a few choice comments that flooded through: