Finding Fish

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Finding Fish Assignment 1 Barbara Calhoun SWK 358 The book, finding fish, is a poignant autobiography of the life of Antwone Quenton Fisher, an African American boy who suffered a tumultuous childhood in a foster care setting. He was born on 8-3-1959 in a Cleveland prison to Eva Mae Fisher. She was incarcerated for the shooting death of his father, her boyfriend at the time, Eddie Elkins. Initially, he spent his first few weeks of his life in a Cleveland orphanage. Then he was fostered by a wonderful woman named Mrs. Nellie Strange. She lovingly cared for him for two years. One 10-11-1961 he was placed in the foster home of the Reverend and Mrs. Pickett, an African American couple who came from southern black heritage.…show more content…
The Pickett’s never missed a Sunday for church and even held a Friday night special service where the children were made to kneel and pray to find the Holy Ghost. Mrs. Pickett coached them saying “Come on chu’ren, yawl gone get the Holy Ghost and ev’rything gone be all right with God!” (finding fish, page 52). The church services were very emotional “ a frenzy, dancing, clapping, stomping their feet, fanning themselves, breathing in and out with deep sighs, even crying and talking in tongues and shouting things like ‘Praise the Lawd!” “Glory!” and Hallelujah.” (finding fish, pages 51-52). Language is the second cultural aspect of the Pickett Family in the book. Mrs. Pickett insists that the foster children refer to her as “Mu-deah” a southern black term of respect for a matriarch, a contraction of “mother, dear’” (finding fish page 45). This, I believe, was a way for Mrs. Pickett to elevate her stature as the matriarch of the family. Mrs. Pickett often referred to her foster kids as “niggas” in a derogatory sense. In the book she says “Niggas, I’ll take ya back where I gotcha from.” (finding fish page 63). She continually talks down to the kids, hardly ever using their names to address them. In another instance in the book she says “Which one of you low-down niggas put-cha pissy night clothes in this here vacuum?!” (finding fish page 69), She uses this manner of conversation due to her southern black heritage.
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