The Blind Side: the Story of Michael Oher and the Tuohy family
This afternoon my brothers and I went to go see the “The Blind Side“, which is a movie based on a true story. The movie revolves around the story of Michael Oher, a homeless African American sixteen year old (whose father is dead and his mother is a drug addict), who is taken in by the (Caucasian) Tuohy family. Oher happens to be in the same grade as Collins Tuohy, and Collins had mentioned to her parents about the new kid.
In his first nine years of school Oher was enrolled in eleven different schools, and each continuously passed on the “problem” to the next. When he arrived at the Briarcrest Christian School at the age of 16, Oher had a measured I.Q. of 80 — which put him in the ninth percentile — and had a GPA of 0.6.
I’m a pretty sensitive and emotional person as it is, so it shouldn’t even be a surprise – but i found myself tearing quite a few times throughout the movie! But the movie’s comedic side struck a balance as well, fortunately. It is such a sad, yet inspirational story; heart breaking, yet motivational.
If you haven’t seen “The Blind Side” yet, i highly recommend it for all of you. it is a poignant movie and aside from a violent scene near the end of the movie that limits the movie to a PG-13 rated audience- it is full of great lessons for everyone (from racial tensions to education)!
If you haven’t seen this yet, definitely read that too. One of my brothers shared that with me about three years ago when the piece was written, and then again later when Oher was in the NFL draft. Like the read said, for someone to be in the 99th percentile, someone also has to be in the one or two percentile – but it’s so hard to fathom its reality.
Here’s an amazing and powerful quote from the article:
Leigh Anne Tuohy grew up with a firm set of beliefs about black people but shed them for another — and could not tell you exactly how it happened, except to say, “I married a man who doesn’t know his own color.” Her father, a United States marshal based in Memphis, raised her to fear and loathe blacks as much as he did. The moment the courts ordered the Memphis City Schools integrated in 1973, he pulled her out of public school and put her into the newly founded Briarcrest Christian School, where she became a student in its first year. “I was raised in a very racist household,” she says. Yet by the time Michael Oher arrived at Briarcrest, Leigh Anne Tuohy didn’t see anything odd or even awkward in taking him in hand.
And here’s a short clip i came across earlier:
As Thanksgiving approaches, It’s so amazing to think that of how much we take for granted every day… and even complain for some of it! I can’t even imagine how many times i’ve stressed over academic work, for example, without even thinking about how blessed i am to even receive such an education in the first place!
While i think we should be thankful for our blessings every single day, I still wish a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
Hope everyone has a great few days off to relax with their family and friends.