This is a story of how a typical Americanfamily can be undermined by its own effortto be perfect on the surface. As a final note, a fair warning that the book dives into slavery and the history is heavily disturbing. She uses all she has, a brilliant mind, to link her experience to thelegacy of American slavery and to successfullyframe her understanding of why her goodadoptive parents did terrible things to her byrealizing that they had terrible things done tothem. In her deeply moving and revealing memoir, Patton powerfully reminded me that there is always hope. The chapters relating back to slavery kept slowing the story down for me.
Stacey's adoptive parents were middleclass , unable to have a biological child of their own. Myrtle and George were Southern people and George was a part-time minister. But her mother was tyrannical, and her father turned a blind eye to the years of abuse his wife heaped on their love-starved little girl. Her memoir will grab you by the heart and blow your mind. Patton's triumphant story will inspire African Americans to reconsider their treatment of children and their histories and be moved to better understand themselves.
I really loved how she weaved history about slavery and how it correlates with the rearing of black children in America today and what it means to be a black woman or man in today's society. I'm not sure that's always right, but this book hurts, and it feels like the author's uncompromising truth. Together they weave a pattern of destiny unimaginable to mortals. The scenes of physical abuse are not just directed towards a young Stacey. Wise beyond her years, she can see that her chances for survival are advanced through her struggle to get into an elite boarding school.
But her mother was tyrannical, andher father, either so in love with or in fear ofhis wife, turned a blind eye to the abuse sheheaped on their love-starved little girl. She makes many plausible connections among the corporeal punishment of children, low self-esteem, fervent religiosity and fathers too weak to assert themselves after centuries of having their paternity denied. In her deeply moving and revealing memoir, Patton powerfully reminded me that there is always hope. She wanted to kill them. Why do people adoption just to mistreat them? InThat Mean Old Yesterday, a little girlrises above the tyranny of an overzealousmother by channeling her intellectual energyinto schoolwork. In That Mean Old Yesterday, Patton performs a kind of sleight of hand by telling her own heartbreaking and triumphant story in context of the collective journey of African Americans -- out of slavery, through freedom, toward redemption.
Wise beyond her years, she can see that her chances for survival areadvanced through her struggle to get into anelite boarding school. She makes a very compelling and interesting argument that really peels back the skin on some very troubling societal problems. Stacey Patton is brave and courageous. Growing up, Patton had very little sense of personal identity while living in the foster-care system. She wrote it well and Robin Miles narrated it pitch-perfectly.
Her belief is that our minds are still shackled to a slave mentality, then we pass this on to our children. At times this book was difficult to swallow because of the raw emotions and events exposed to the reader. The memoir discusses how violence seems common place in the house holds around her. She expresses that this rationalization dates back to the days of slavery, where slaves beat their own children in hopes it would spare them from the punishments from the slave owners. Stacey Patton is brave and courageous. When Stacey had her interview for the high school and the subsequent wating and hoping. She carried a gun in her pocket, and she kept repeating to herself that she would pull the trigger.
From whippings, to verbal attacks, to sexual assaults, the reader is left gasping at the horrors and connected to Patton on a personal level. But her mother was tyrannical, andher father, either so in love with or in fear ofhis wife, turned a blind eye to the abuse sheheaped on their love-starved little girl. I was also an avid reader as young girl. One would lose out by simply reading the print version. A piece is never done, even when it has been published. Robin Miles made this biography a real joy, both with her depiction of many characters and depth of emotions - anger, pain, sorrow. Once a foster child whofound a home, she was supposed to be amongthe lucky.
Of the millions of men, women, and children transported from Africa to America as slaves, Cudjo was then the only person alive to tell the story of this integral part of the nation's history. An amazing story of survival in which a very smart and wise girl is raised in the foster care system and then adopted by parents who abuse her horribly. Don't pick it up and beat your kid over their head with it. After all, withGod-fearing, house-proud, and hardworkingadoptive parents, Stacey appeared to beatthe odds. Stacey Patton begins her journey by leaving her foster parents to move into a p As I read this book, I constantly had to keep releasing tears. It's great to know that I have the power to touch the lives of thousands, potentially millions of strangers. Over time Stacey began to realize that her adoptive parents were not as loving as they seemed to be.
Which through the books narration on the history of slavery gives a certain historical explanation to the violence. Stacey Patton begins her journey by leaving her foster parents to move into a permanent home. Educated in Catholic schools and reared in the Holiness Church by her tyrant of a mother, Myrtle and her docile father, George. Once a foster child whofound a home, she was supposed to be amongthe lucky. Stacey Patton also has a website about alternative parenting ways free from violence. She deftly shares parallels between the world of slavery and that of abused children.