The Curse of Beauty


In all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom for his beauty: from the sole of his foot even to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him.~ II Samuel 14:25-26

Case No. 1: Annie Mae (circa 1972)

Thirty-five years ago, Annie Mae was the legendary beauty at our local elementary school in Detroit, Mich. Like presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, Annie Mae was from a mixed-race background – her father was black and her mother white (German). She had long, dark brown curly hair that went past the middle of her back; her big, beguiling light brown eyes captivated all who gazed upon them. Her mother always put a lovely bow in her hair. She looked like an exquisite doll in a curio cabinet that you would never touch, but only admired from afar.

We went to different middle and high schools and I lost touch with her. Ten years later, after college, I found out from an old friend that Annie Mae was caught up in the gang life, had a baby and dropped out of school. I was devastated to hear the news.

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