Examples Of Racial Prejudice In The Help

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The Help: Racial Prejudice
The Help, written by Kathryn Stockett, offers the views of Black maids, during the time of adamant racism in the south, including what the black women had to suffer through. This is still a relevant issue in our media today.
Aibileen, a black nurse/maid struggles with trying to raise the white children she cares for to be kind and unprejudiced children in a world and environment where racial prejudice is accepted as the norm.
Miss Skeeter, a white upper class woman, has lived with the racism all of her life. Now she is struggling to accept it as every other white woman has. She feels that black maids should have the chance to have their stories shared with the world. This proves to be very difficult because of the social shame that would/will be put on …show more content…

Many people today still hold the opinion that people who are different are somehow less than them. Take into account this ad by the Chinese washing detergent brand - Qiaobi ( Play ad here) This ad shows being different - in this instance African American - to be a bad or negative thing. To ‘fit in’ and be accepted by those around you, you have to be the same - the chinese laundry lady. This has a unmistakable similarity to the way black people were portrayed in The Help. (Aibileen slide) Racism is this whole idea that one person is better than another because of the colour of their skin. Abilene’s life tells the struggle of raising white children to respect everybody despite the colour of their skin. “I want to yell so loud that Baby Girl can hear me that dirty ain't a color, disease ain't the negro side of town. I want to stop that moment from coming – and it come in every white child's life – when they start to think that colored folks are not as good as whites.” (7.80) Abilene is trying to tell Mae Mobley the truth about skin colour. “Everybody know colored people and white people ain’t the same. But we still just

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