Analysis Of The Movie The Help

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For this assignment, the movie “The Help” was chosen to review and analyze because it presents a story of fighting injustice through diverse ways. The three main characters of the movie are Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, a young white woman, Aibileen Clark, and Minny Jackson, two colored maids. Throughout the story, we follow these three women as they are brought together to record colored maids’ stories about their experiences working for the white families of Jackson. The movie explores the social inequalities such as racism and segregation between African Americans and whites during the 1960s in Jackson, Mississippi. Set during the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement in 1960s, “The Help” portrays the inner workings of a segregated society. Within this era, race determines who has access to educational, occupational, and economic opportunity. Race is also the number one determinant of a person's place in Jackson, Mississippi. Race refers to a person's physical characteristics, such as skin, hair, and or eye color. Contrary to popular belief, race is socially constructed. A social construct refers to something that does not have a basis in the natural world but is an artificial distinction created by humans. Race is constructed by a society to further certain political and economic goals. When race is used in a manner to separate people in society there are many outcomes. For example, racism often separates people and causes harm. According to the Sociology Openstax textbook, “racism is a set of attitudes, beliefs, and practices that are used to justify the belief that one racial category is somehow superior or inferior to others” (244). Racism, along with racial discrimination, cause psychological and physical harm to the discrim... ... middle of paper ... ...enstax, functional theory “sees society as a structure with interrelated parts designed to meet the biological and social needs of the individuals in that society” (15). Racial inequality preserves social class order, through the maintenance of segregated geography or the racialization of geography, comes the separation of classes, and thus the fragmentation and marginalization of the political power of the lowest third of income earners. According functional theory, racial prejudice and discrimination serve positive functions for dominant groups. For example, racist views provide moral justification for maintaining an unequal society that deprives the minority group. Additionally, racist beliefs discourage subordinate minority from questioning their lowly status. Finally, Racial myths suggest that any societal change would only bring greater poverty to the minority.

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