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Black Baby White Hands A View from the Crib July 15 1968 It is only three months following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr and the nation is burning Black and White America are locked in the tense grip of massive change Into this inferno steps an unsuspecting young White couple Neither had truly known even a single African American person while growing up Now a child will change all of that forever In this fateful moment a Black baby becomes perhaps the first in the history of New Mexico to be adopted by a White family Here is a brazenly honest glimpse into the mind and heart of that child a true story for the ages that flows like a soulful river separated from his mother at birth placed into foster care adopted and finally reunited with his biological family in adulthood an astounding journey of personal discovery Jaiya John has opened the floodgates on his own childhood with this piercing memoir Black Baby White Hands a waterfall of jazz splashing over the rocks of love pain and the honoring of family Magically this book finds a way to sing as it cries and to exude compassion even as it dispels well entrenched myths Destined to become a classic this stirring account is sure to find itself well worn stained by tears and brushed by laughter in the lap of parents adolescents educators students and professionals Here comes the rain and the sunshine all at once


About the Author: Jaiya John

Dr Jaiya John was born into foster care in New Mexico and has served organizations agencies schools and initiatives globally for 26 years He is an internationally recognized speaker trainer consultant author poet spoken word artist and youth mentor Jaiya is the founder of Soul Water Rising a global human mission that has donated thousands of Jaiya's books in support of social healing



10 thoughts on “Black Baby White Hands A View from the Crib

  1. says:

    This book was so difficult for me to read I started it last winter and finally finished it tonight Every time I read from it it took an effort to pick it up I'm relieved it's over I'm going to have to read something fluffy nextI think it's good that I have read it and am going to focus on what I learned from it and not all the fears it raised in me Th


  2. says:

    I have read this book cover to cover several times I continue to pick it up and take each bite and find myself fed and feeling full As an adoptee I was blown away at how much of this story held my own face and truth He gets it His journey illuminates and brings forth thousands of stories and truths that have yet to make their own way into memoir's and story


  3. says:

    Oh my God I hated this bookFirst imagine a four year old telling you his every thought Then imagine the opposite of stoicismThen imagine so many double binds and hypocrisies that you want to spit Imagine the tragic sensitive artist digging through issues of race This book was self published which apparently means that he couldn't be troubled by an editorSave your


  4. says:

    As a white adoptive mom to 2 beautiful brown babies I am so thankful Jaiya John shared his life with us It isn't easy to read that sometimes love isn't enough but it's important to know the kind of thoughts and feelings my kids might have that they don't want to share or can't share


  5. says:

    This book written by Jaiya shares his experience as a black baby adopted by a white family in the late 1960's This was very thoughtfully written about his experience recognizing the challenges that various family members may have and how it impacted him whether they were conscious of the challenges or not Throughout this book Jaiya made it very clear that he valued them all


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  7. says:

    Incomplete review I need a way to start a draft and then come back to it without saving it and others seeing it before it's done lolWhile this book was not easy for me to read it was excellent and I think anyone who loves a good book would appreciate this memoir of a Black man's experience growing up in a White family even if said reader is not a White parent to Black children as I amTh


  8. says:

    I find this book to be self indulgent and than a little repetitive Jaiya John says the same thing in every chapter He had a good life with good parents but felt disconnected from his family and friends because his race wasn't something he could talk about This book would have been an excellent memoir and an important piece of literature for those adopting black children if it had been better


  9. says:

    Happy I read it but it wasn't easy His writing is REALLY indulgent and it is 350 pages of him repeating that he didn't feel he belonged Not that I want to diminish that feeling but it could have used some editing He writes without much structure floating from his emotional turmoil to his spiritual life without grounding these in a certain time or circumstance The book does have powerful moments usu


  10. says:

    The author writes an important story especially for anyone considering transracial adoption But it was so very very tedious to read the melodramatic prose I found myself skimming sections because of the over the top flowery language It is not in chronological order which makes it very hard to follow Still it has lessons for the transracial parent and perhaps validation for the transracial adoptee that ar


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