When A Family Of 8 Kids Turns On Their Mother For Money, See What Her Granddaughter Does

Joseph Lamour

Lots of lower- to middle-class people in this country dream of having lots of money and the security that comes with it. That doesn't end up happening for most of us. So sometimes we fight for what money we can get despite the consequences.

Take a look at what happened to Amanda Brown's family when they were confronted with this dilemma.

Amanda Brown's Kickstarter ends on May 2, 2014. Please donate if you can. This is a story that affects more of us than I'd like to think about. And it shouldn't.

Amanda Brown: My grandmother has lived in this house for as long as I can remember. She helped to raise me and all of my cousins. This kitchen is where she made her world famous chicken and dumplings from scratch. This is the piano where she put all of our school pictures, even the ugly ones. And this is my grandmother. This is her and my grandfather before he passed away. This is the painting she keeps of him in the hallway. Together, they had eight kids. 

These are just a few of my cousins. Here we are in front of my grandmother's house after Thanksgiving dinner. This is my cousin Gina and my cousin Chris with their parents and my grandmother at Gina's graduation. They have their own kids now.

This is my Aunt Dawn and my Aunt Janet in Oklahoma. They were the first in our family to graduate from college.

This is my family.

And this is the amount of money that tore us all apart.

My name is Amanda Brown, and I made Black Heirlooms because money ripped my family apart. Like so many other families, my family was ripped down the middle because of money, and we still don't agree on a lot of things, but we do agree that if our experience can help somebody else, then we want to share our story.

In this day and time, the majority of households have 15 to 20 times more wealth than black and Latino households, so that means we can't afford to be fighting in court over estates, and we can't afford to waste the inheritance that we do have. Nobody can afford to start over every generation.

So with the help of really cool authors and historians, prominent researchers and financial planners, Black Heirlooms examines the history of wealth and the growing racial wealth gap in America. But more than the data, more than the conflict, this film is for and about my grandma.

My Memaw survived two strokes, physical therapy, and because she lived her eight children didn't know what to do with her. So they took her to court, put her on the stand for four hours, and made her testify to the judge to prove her competency. And my grandma is better than that, and our family legacy is better than that, so this film is about me and my cousins.

This film is about honoring my grandmother's legacy.

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