Editor's Rating

Depressing and sickening

7
Story/plot
8.5
Writing
5.5
Characters

If you’re looking for a book to read that shows an “ain’t shit black mother” Rosa Lee by Leon Dash is the book for you.

When I originally ran across this book in Barnes & Noble I thought it would be an interesting and compelling read. Instead, it is a depressing life story of a woman (Rosa Lee) who was a drug addicted, welfare abusing, illiterate, AIDS infected,¬†kleptomaniac prostitute. All of her children, with the exception of two, follow in her footsteps, which isn’t surprising considering who half-assed raised them.

Everything that can be wrong with a person in this world is wrong with Rosa Lee and her children. They are fatherless. Drug addicted. Incarcerated. Infected with AIDS. Poor. Criminals. Welfare moochers. Uneducated and illiterate.

Unfortunately, Rosa Lee’s grandchildren, who are young in this book, are also following in her footsteps (Rosa Lee even teaches them how to sell drugs and how to steal from department stores).

The book reads like a tell-all about this family. I like the writer’s style, but the people in this book make it a hard read. The people in this book make it hard to focus on the theme which is generational poverty. Why? Because their plight into generational poverty appears to self-inflicted for the most part. It is really hard to sympathize with them.

I don’t have all the answers for generational poverty. However, I do know having kids young and having kids that you can’t afford is a good way to keep the cycle going. Poor people need to opt out of childbearing until they are in a financial position to have children. Education needs to be priority number one.

I didn’t love this book. I didn’t hate it either.¬† It’s one book I could have done without.