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Triggering “Precious” Memories

Triggering “Precious” Memories

And by that I don’t mean memories of “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,” but the cruelty of a mother who is jealous of her daughter “stealing” her man.

In the well-acted movie “Precious,” the title character is a 16-year-old girl, pregnant for the second time by her father. The movie focuses on the relationship of Precious with her mother, Mary (played beautifully by Mo’Nique)—a family dynamic in which the mother constantly humiliates her daughter and treats her as worthless.

What triggered my memories of my mother’s behavior towards me was the mother who turned a blind eye toward what she knew was happening to her daughter, and did nothing to stop the abuse. The mother who was so jealous of a young child, so angry that “her man” preferred the child to her, that she treated her daughter with bone-chilling coldness.

You can read more about this in my Huffington Post blog here.

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Deborah King