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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Help

I'm not going to give anything away with the movie The Help. We all know it's about a white woman telling the stories of the help, maids, in the early 1960s.

These black women raised white children for sometimes over twenty years at a time, while their own children went without them. They were worked to the bone for very little money. They were talked down to, humiliated and treated like trash.

The movie is very raw in the treatment of blacks at that time.  And it disgusts me to be American and worse yet, a Southerner, given where we were at then.  But this is the present.  Right?  Yes, but treatment and ideals of the nature of The Help still occur.

The idea that the color of one's skin got you treated like disease ridden low life's is sickening.  These white families thought the blacks carried diseases - and made them use outside toilets. Heaven forbid the use the white family's toilets.  Yet, the whites had the blacks prepare their food, wash and dress and toilet train their children and handle just about every other task of life in their home.

I'll end with this.  All I have to say to whites who STILL think this way is "Eat Shit".

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