Precious was an intensely emotional film.
The events that occured in her life seem unrealistic, but I guess anything is possible.
I do believe that this was a much needed film to make because it highlights just how hard it is for some of our people to be successful in life (a point I make all the time).
However, I also believe that the reason why so many people like this movie is because of hidden agendas we all have about issues of race and class in this country.
First, lets talk about the plot real quick.
Precious is a movie about a young black 16 year old girl trapped in a destructive lifestyle seemingly caused by her mother and father.
She lives in a dark, drab apartment and the setting is 1987
Precious lives with her mother who chronically abuses her; throwing random foreign objects at her head when she's angry, calling her the most reprehensible names in the english language and sometimes making her perform sexual favors for her (intrigued yet).
Her father doesnt live wit her but he has raped and molested her since she was 3 and Precious already had a child by him and is now pregnant again with another child belonging to him.
As the movie progresses Precious is transferred from a regular public junior high school to a charter school where she is in a class with other troubled young teens.
To make a long story short, she has her baby, gets in an unbelievably violent altercation with her mother and leaves the household.
Her teacher finds her a place to stay and the movie ends on a highly emotionally note when the mother (played by foul mouth Monique) after a year of not seeing her, tells Precious why she treated her the way she did.
Oh and did I mention Precious also contacted HIV from her father.
Sad isnt it?
Oh the HORROR of inner city existence!
This movie makes it seem as if these grotesque indiscretions only go on in the inner city amongst lower class black people.
Nothing can be further from the truth.
There is no study on child abuse and incest that suggests the poor people in this country have a monopoly on this kind of behavior.
Incest and child abuse occur equally amongst all class levels.
In fact, white people of all classes commit way more rape, incest and child abuse then black people could ever even think about doing
Its not even close.
You see it on the news all the time.
Did you hear about the white guy from
By the way did I mention he also had 6 CHILDREN BY HIS OWN DAUGHTER (real life).
Why didnt they make a movie about that?
Oh yeah did you hear about the white boy from
We can bring it back to the states.
The cases of white fathers and mothers molesting children are too numerous to name here.
Lets go to a more bizarre story.
How about the white girl from Texas who EATS HER BABIES BRAIN
I guess Oprah and Tyler Perry missed that story.
So don’t believe the hype that there is something wrong with “those” people(talking about poor blacks now) as if they are somehow different from yours.
Just like there are molesters running around the hood there are plenty running around the suburbs as well.
I’ve talked to sisters and have heard stories from other black women about how they were raped in their first year of college or molested repeatedly by a family member or friend of the family.
These women have a seemingly normal life.
They pay their taxes, go to work and seem to live a relatively normal existence but you do notice little patterns in their behavior that suggest they may have abused before (especially the ones who have a hard time maintaining intimate relationships with the opposite sex).
This is an underlying occurance that happened and continues to happen in some of our households regardless of race and class and you know it!
So in conclusion be thankful that you didnt have an experience that was as traumatic and damaging as Precious's but realize that the media try’s to make it seem as if black people are more evil, more criminal and more savage than whites (when they are the most evil, savage and criminal "people" the world has ever seen according to their own record)!
Be careful not to believe that garbage yourself.