Thursday, May 14, 2009

Jesus Land (Julia Scheeres)

A great memoir written by a woman who's incredibly dysfuntional family adopted two black children and proceeded to totally fuck them over. Including physical abuse, exile and sending them to a boarding school in the Dominican Republic (where the author finally ends up as well).

Really, it's a tragic story that I had a hard time reading. But it was worth it. And it finally answers the question of whether or not it's worse to prohibit racisists from specifying what race they will raise or to force foster parents to accept all races. Definitely the latter. I firmly believe that David, who longed for a family that would love him, would have been better off in institutional care than being adopted by these wing nuts.

i read this one straight through on my trip to florida. Overall, an A.

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