Racism In The Help

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If you look throughout our American History racism is an incredibly large problem that has stood the test of time. Racism was especially present in the early 1960’s before the civil rights act was passed and black people were treated poorly. In Kathryn Stockett’s The Help black people, especially women are forced to use a different bathroom than white people and raise the babies of their white bosses. Also there are laws,rules, and everyday normalities that segregate black and white people as well as prevent white people such as Skeeter from crossing the “color line”. Kathryn Stockett shows how these fictions are woven into everyday life in Jackson from the big things like laws to even the smallest conversations and it keeps on going because …show more content…

The Help has many rebellious and outgoing characters and Minny is one of these characters. Although she might be rebellious Minny is still cautious about the information that she is giving Skeeter because this is her life that she could be throwing away by telling these stories. What am I doing? I must be crazy, giving a white woman the sworn secrets of the colored race to a white lady (Stockett 17.50) Minny doesn't care what the rules are or the social norms and she uses the white persons bathroom in the house and is unjustly fired for it. In retaliation Minny brings Miss Hilly a pie with a “special” ingredient. Some people might look at this as just a funny prank but I think that it was deeper than that. Minny is the first person in the story to really retaliate against their white bosses and I think that it goes a long way in the terms of finding a …show more content…

Skeeter witnesses the disrespect that her white friends treat their maids and decides that she has to do something about it. She writes a book talking about the prejudices and risks starting a feud in her community by helping the maids tell their stories. Skeeter had to meet with the maids in secret because Skeeter could be in a lot of trouble and the maids could be fired. We look at each other for a second. "I'm tired of rules," I say. (12.82). Skeeter is tired of the laws and social norms that force white and black people to be separate. Skeeter knows the risks of writing the book and she ultimately leaves her white friends and family in the south to pursue bringing the unheard stories of the maids in

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