April 24, 2013
Precious is based on the novel “Push” by Sapphire. I first read this book my junior year in high school; I love the realness that Sapphire brings through her writings. Most students in my class would bypass this book and rather read something else but it was something about this book that caught my attention. When the movie Precious was released shortly after I was anxious and could not wait to see it. This movie displayed the things people do not want you to know. Although this movie is very graphic, shocking and can easily anger you, it displays real life events that take place in the lives of millions African Americans every day. Claireece Precious Jones was an obese black teen from a Welfare home. At the beginning of this movie I learned that she was illiterate and when the school officials discovered that she was pregnant and she was then kicked out of school. Precious was abused her entire life, by both her father and her mother. Her father’s abuse was sexual, he raped her and she had two children by him; while her mother constantly abused her verbally, emotionally, sexually and physically. Her mother often used her as a servant and as a meal ticket for her Welfare checks; Because of all the abuse, Precious had absolutely no self-esteem. I believe Self-hatred is displayed throughout the movie and Precious often fantasies about being a glamour queen, a “white” girl and having a boyfriend of a different race. In the movie Precious describes herself as “ugly black grease to be washed from the street”, she also says “Sometimes I wish I was dead”. I believe that this is an example of self-hatred. She was ashamed to be herself, an African American. This goes to show the affect parents have on the child. I believe that growth, home training and your most valuable lessons and moments all start at the core which is home. It saddens me that children grow up in this...
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