2 out of 4 stars
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Mixed Blessings by J.M Muse delves into the world of racism. Black, white, Hispanic, Jewish, Asian, or whatever race the characters in this book identify with, pre-determines how they get treated...and even their safety. Can this be stopped? And if so, could mixed racing be the answer?
This fictional account deals with tough topics. Recent catastrophic events, such as #BlackLivesMatter, are also woven into the narrative. It is not an easy read. The author does not hold back in relaying scenarios that most effectively show how lineage plays a big role, and can determine life or death. These are important issues and I commend the author for bringing them to the forefront. Though, I must admit, I have a problem with how he portrays some characters.
Black Minister Khubal Khan, often referred to as a ‘man of God’ in this book, does not act like one. He prays, reads his Bible and preaches, but this is where it ends. I can say the same for the white Minister Tucker Dilton. Both use their influence over their congregations to manipulate them; their opposite racial beliefs, cause them to use their flock in despicable ways. The church members seem to follow them blindly.
Kimberly Solberg, who is the product of a Jewish mother and a Hispanic (married) father, can only be described as ‘white trash’. She ends up in a relationship with a black man. I found this to be a typical story and a common representation of what kind of white person dates a black one. Frankly, I think it demeans both the black and white culture.
This was not an enjoyable novel for me, as there was very little I could relate with. Though I am all for races being on equal ground, these characters take their beliefs to the extreme. Even as a young, black woman who has faced challenges, I would never be OK with the methods used to achieve racial equality.
I rate Mixed Blessings 2 out of 4 stars. My reading experience was not a pleasurable one due to aforementioned issues. Additionally, I found a few grammatical errors. I would not recommend this book to underage readers as it contains sexual scenes and foul language. If you are a Christian who is easily offended, I would recommend you stay away. They do not represent ministers and the church in the best way.
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