Alternatives to ‘The Help’

The film and book The Help articulates sixties era southern relations with . . . you guessed it, the help.  Hollywood shaved the issued down to make a movie, and surprise!  They made some mistakes, such as:

Portraying the most dangerous racists in 1960s Mississippi as a group of attractive, well dressed, society women, while ignoring the reign of terror perpetuated by the Ku Klux Klan and the White Citizens Council, limits racial injustice to individual acts of meanness.

via NewBlackMan: Association of Black Women Historians on ‘The Help’.

Check the link for a letter written by the Association of Black Women Historians.  Also check the link if you want some nice books and resources to help ground The Help with facts.

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