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Born in London to a Nigerian princess Precious Williams saw her life change radically in its first months Her mother deciding she couldn't raise a child placed an ad for foster care in Nursery World A response soon came from a woman in rural Sussex and Precious three months old was handed off in a basketNan Precious's new foster mother was sixty years old and white and prided herself on being color blind But she might also have been shortsighted about the difficulties her black daughter would encounter At her all white school Precious was taunted and ostracized and Nan struggled to understand her daughter's troubles Precious's birth mother would visit occasionally providing glimpses of a different world but eventually turned critical of a daughter who had become too whiteRetreating into her imagination Precious forged her own identity She emerged from the disillusionment and self destructiveness of her teen years with a fierce resolve not to let circumstance class or color determine her future Precious Williams tells her extraordinary story in Color Blind brightly bravely grappling with issues of identity motherhood and race

10 thoughts on “Color Blind

  1. says:

    All I can say is wow What a moving incredible story It is a story about overcoming adversity and prevailing against life's imperfect circumstances Precious writes her story with an honesty and clarity that is sometimes lacking in memoirs Her writing style is smooth and the story flows nicely This story was not written to amuse or to make the reader laugh It is a poignant story that at times hurts your heart and at other times fills it with hopeI was unaware of the practice of the fostering of African children in England during the 60s and 70s that the author herself was a part of It was difficult for me to understand how Precious's mother could be so cold and indifferent towards her And I also found myself becoming frustrated with her white foster family as well Although their intentions were good Precious was never allowed to come to terms with her true self Being a kid and growing up is tough enough without having your self identity in question as well I think at times our culture is so obsessed with being politically correct and treating everyone equally that we forget to acknowledge the value that can be found in our differences As a culture we should be able to embrace and appreciate our uniqueness and individuality and not look at it as a disadvantageBravo to Ms Williams for maturing and learning to recognize her value as a person She was able to overcome her childhood hardships and become a successful journalist What an inspiring book This story will stay with me for quite some time

  2. says:

    Precious Williams is placed in a foster home by her Nigerian mother three months after her birth “Nanny” her white foster mother in her late fifties raises her in an all white neighborhood in Sussex EnglandPrecious’ birth mother visits irregularly and when she does show up she’s abusive physically and emotionally with no regard for the harmful situations she’s placing her daughter inWilliams’ story is about her search for identity The memoir focuses primarily on her childhood and teen years in the ‘70s and ‘80s Her story is heart wrenching and raw as she exposes the reader to painful experiences that only now as an adult is she able to articulateThere are similar stories but hers has a few unique aspects Definitely a nice addition to the subject of racial identity and adoption Really glad I won this book on Goodreads

  3. says:

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway The description sounded interesting but I really thought it would be a look how much I accomplished despite how terrible my early life was type of story Instead it was an honest look at a difficult childhood but the author was unsparing of herself as well Very impressive

  4. says:

    A mother decided she couldn’t or wouldn’t raise a child She wasn’t struggling to make ends meet She wasn’t a student trying to obtain a degree In fact she was a Nigerian princess Yet one September day in 1971 she dropped her daughter off in a basket on a white woman’s doorstepPrivate fostering is supposed to be temporary yet nothing about Precious Anita Williams life is traditional Her case is a little different She lives in a small English town called Woodview with a white sixty year old foster mother Nanny and her invalid husband Gramps Their doormat may say welcome but they discourage visitors They rarely even want to welcome Precious’ birth mother LizzyOver the years Precious’ family and friends consist of a close knit bond of just Nanny Gramps Aunt Wendy and Uncle Mick Other foster children come and go but their stay is short lived Lizzy visits occasionally interrupting their comfortable home routine Her random visits usually end with her telling Nanny how to run her household threatening to take Precious away for good and believing that material things and money are all that a parent has to provide Through it all Precious still manages to realize at a young age that the African rich world she is from isn’t for her Yet she doesn’t quite fit into the white world eitherImagine wanting to learn your roots Wondering about your rich family history and how you belong What would it be like to live in Africa? What about the character that Nanny claims is a “living spit” of Precious? What is Topsy of Uncle Tom’s Cabin really like? One day Precious gets the answer to all of these questions leaving her even isolatedIts no wonder when Precious has her own daughter that she is unsure of what a mother’s role should be “Having babies is something African women can do but – from what I’ve seen in my life so far – it’s only white women who can be truly maternal”Precious finally manages to find the answer and her role in life This memoir tells her story It will give you insight into private fostering issues of race identity struggles of color and class and even a lesson on motherhoodWhile reading there were passages that touched my heart and others that disturbed me I still cannot determine whether Nanny was a good influence or if Lizzy was capable of doing for Precious I definitely enjoyed this memoir and recommend to others In fact I encourage you to participate in the giveaway below Add this book to your collectionTo read my interview with Precious Williams please visit wwwprecisionreviewsblogspotcom♥ L Marie ♥

  5. says:

    Given away a few days after birth by her absent and awesome Nigerian mother Precious Anita Williams is raised in a small town in England by a white family Color Blind deals with the issue of race gender and growing up Completely written in the present tense Ms Williams throws the reader into the events of her childhood from her germiphobic adoptive mother to the wild moods of her biological mother to compelling scenes of abuse Once submerged into the tangled web of the memoir it is difficult to emergeIt was however a little difficult to fully grasp at what age Anita is in during certain events While ages are given the length of time one particular chapter of her life lasts is a bit hazy There is some authorial present perspective which while it allows the reader insight into how events lead to other things further in the future get confusing as to the time period currently being readThis book overall was a compelling read It is shocking to read about the obstacles Anita eventually overcame It was shocking each time to remember that this is a memoir and not a piece of fiction In the end the dedication makes perfect sense and is the fulcom of the whole story

  6. says:

    What a wonderful book I was lucky enough to win an ARC of Color Blind A Memoir by Precious Williams Ms Williams' book made a dent in my heart I feel like I want to say I understand I understand the different stages that the author explained as she unraveled the story of her unique life This book made me cry several times I think because Ms Williams is able to write in such a way that I was able to feel what she felt and see what she saw I don't want to give away the details of her book but it is not a predictable memoir about racial problems although they are obviously addressed Ms Williams' experiences were ones that I've never heard before Her courage is amazing She is brutally honest and sometimes I felt that she was too hard on herself ButI think she was hard on herself so that she could teach something about what she has learned from her life thus far It is a heart wrenching journey of a sweet angel girl with so many unanswered questions I think that someday this will be a novel taught in schools for racial issues as well as her excellent writing styleI highly recommend Color Blind A Memoir

  7. says:

    Being from Glasgow I am generally a cynical old get with withered emotions but there were points in this book that almost made me cry Sometimes clichés are the best way to express things so I am just going to come out and say that this is a powerful testament to the resilience of the human spiritPrecious Williams endured things no human should ever have to suffer and yet she has come through it all to blossom into a wonderful author who writes with brutal honesty and clarity Primarily this is a beautiful book about being human but it also casts a fascinating light on the way African children were traded almost as commodities between parents and white foster families and looks at the casual racist assumptions ordinary people of all colours make that are in many ways pernicious than the rabid National Front hatredFinally this is a book all new or prospective parents should read to truly understand how much our actions and often lack of empathy impact upon our kids I can’t recommend this book enough

  8. says:

    Note This is a review of an Advanced Copy received from the First Reads program I do my best to review fairlyThis is everything a memoir should be There's grit and dirt and honesty Time also has a very real presence in the novel we definitely get a good glimpse of what it was like to grow up in the '70's and 80's in the United Kingdom And even though we only get to see brief moments of how Williams turned her life around this is not a depressing read There are hard moments but they are not presented as being so difficult that they cannot be overcomeThis is a truly amazing memoir although not necessarily easy for everyone to relate to And that's okay The reviewer is a 2009 graduate of Kent State University's Master of Library and Information Sciences program an alumna of Antioch College and the author of the blog A Librarian's Life in Books

  9. says:

    THIS I AM TOLD is how it beginsPrecious Williams at the age of three months old is dropped off by her elegant and disinterested Nigerian mother to be brought up by a sixty year old white haired white foster mother who lives in the poor suburb near London Nanny her daughter Wendy and her husband who live directly behind her mom bring up Anita Anita is the only coloured girl at her school and she suffers raciality She is brought up white at the request of her biological mother who comes in and out of Anita's life Anita's mother berates her and beats her when Anita does not respond the way her mom expects her to Anita is sexually abused by one of her mother's boyfriends Anita hates her mother but than anything she wants to be loved by her This is a story of a bright girl who grows into a teenager without an identity she can call her own This is Precious' memoir

  10. says:

    I recieved this book for free through Goodreads First Reads and when it arrived in my mailbox I was really excited I had really been interested in reading Color BlindThe book did not disappoint it read so well that I had to remind myself that it is a memoir not a work of fiction Prescious Williams is a really good writerHer story is not a happy one Mere months upon her birth her mother leaves with with a foster mother to raise Precious Anita Williams Anita is raised by an elderly white woman and knows nothing of her own culture Being ignorant of her own past she is an outsider among other Africans and because of the color of her skin she is outcast from her community Besides feeling out of place and unloved by the mother who left her for someone else to raise and only appeared from time to time to abuse her Anita's life was traumatic It's a sad tale but well written and a good read