The term “The Help” according to dictionary.com means the action of helping someone to do something. Which refers to the duty of a person that helps keep a household clean and organized. Back when racism was still openly accepted by society, black women were the only candidates available for this type of job, because it was very difficult for them to find jobs. The job of being “The Help” in the house for rich white folks includes taking care of the kids, the house, and worry about preparing 3 meals a day for the white family they work for. The term of “The Help” doesn’t exist anymore in today’s world, well at least nobody uses that team for it anymore, instead in today’s society it is refer to as a Nanny.
Many felt they it was a racist report drawing biased conclusions about the black community. How could one white man know what exactly is happening in a world far different from his own? His statistics were correct, but he never took the time to reach out to black people to find out what was really going on in their homes. It takes a village to raise a child, but when that village is only a mother then problems may ensue. Providing for a family is hard when there are hardly any jobs available.
There are very few things that are the same in 2013 as they were in the 1930’s, but one thing that has remained constant is the discrimination of minorities. Today gays, people of middle-eastern decent, and the unemployed are just a few examples of groups that are judged quickly, and sometimes very harshly. In the 1930’s however, very different groups were thought of as lesser. Women, the mentally disabled, and African Americans were the main targets during this time period for discrimination. Women were expected to not talk, and stay at home to clean, cook, and take care of the kids.
This was especially unfair because even if the black citizen could understand what was being said to them, the administrator of the test would say that they couldn 't in order to prevent them from voting (Voting Rights for Blacks and Poor Whites in the Jim Crow South 1). For the property tests, only citizens that owned property could vote, and many black citizens did not own property (Voting Rights for Blacks and Poor Whites in the Jim Crow South 1). This was also unfair because African-Americans could not afford to own property because of their extremely poor economic situation. Finally, there were poll
They were extremely polite to each other and acted as role models of how a ‘proper’ family should behave, but of course not every family was like that. Real life families have bigger problems, and are more controversial. This is what the sitcoms in the 50’s lacked in, real life issues. Nowadays sitcoms relate to young people today and how life is affecting today’s culture and traditions. A sitcom such as ‘The Simpson’s’ is vastly popular because they are not afraid to tackle real life issues, which are in-fact very diverse and controversial.
The conflict in this book is mostly driven by racism because the male and female characters are treated unequally since they are Negroes. At the beginning of the book, Van Morrisons’ family is introduced by Bailey because Bailey’s parents work for them. Although Mrs. Van is colored, she refuses to hire colored people as servants for her family because she feels that having any colored people working for her family cheapens her family’s appearance in her neighbors, who are mostly white people. However, “none of them neighbors is about to sit down and eat with her”(Naylor 7). From this detail, we can see that even though Mrs. Van is as wealthy as most of her neighbors, her family isn’t welcomed because they are black.
Women weren’t allowed to get an education because “it wasn’t needed or women are supposed to stay at home and cook and clean”. Black women didn’t receive the right health care they needed because of their skin tone and most of them died in result of them becoming too ill. Women fought profusely for equal rights in politics. “Black women are the leaders behind some of the most prominent racial justice movements of our time” (Black Women in
For example, a lot of colloquialism was used when Aibileen, a character in The Help, said, “I reckon that’s the risk you run, letting somebody else raise you chilluns” (Stockett 2). Because African Americans were treated unequally, they were denied a good education just because they spoke very differently than white people. The speech of an African American was one of the many reasons why whites were racist towards them. Also, Aibileen used slang when she said, “Around Lunchtime, when my stories come on tee-vee, it gets quiet out in the carport” (22). An African American’s word choice may be considered colloquialism because they use a lot of slang in their daily language.
Gwendolyn Brooks wrote an autobiography that reveals many her attitudes, tendencies and criticisms. Martha, in Brooks’ stories has a low self-esteem. This lack of self is directly related to her being black. Brooks’ experiences growing up are the key influence in the writing of Maud Martha Martha’s self-image is very low because she feels that being black will not get her anywhere in society. She feels as though she is backed into a corner when it comes to the problems that the black culture faces from day to day.
Majority of the children believe they do not fit the social norms of the American society and therefore are treated like outcasts. The poverty-stricken children discuss with Kozol the reasons why they feel this way. “If you go downtown to a nice store, they look at you sometimes as if your body is disgusting. You can be dressed in... ... middle of paper ... ...(Kozol, 162) Reverend Overall is relaying the message through Kozol that for the society to allow a ghetto to form is unnatural. In addition, to let children live in the ghetto is evil.