Behind The Colored Eyes By Kathryn Stockett Essay

1823 Words May 11th, 2015 8 Pages
Behind the Colored Eyes “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” Malcolm X. Malcolm X took a civil rights stance against racial discrimination and segregation, leading the colored community to find courage in themselves and stand for what is right. The 1960’s, especially in the south, were filled to the brim with hate in its heart and segregation on its mind. The dawning of the civil rights era was among America, with inspirational leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Malcolm X who led the colored population to seek equality. With the civil rights movement taking place, colored people around the world began to take their own steps towards racial equality. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, Stockett recounts her own experiences with being brought up by a Black maid in the South. Stockett, much like the babies in The Help, formed an intimate motherly relationship with her own family maid, Demetrie. Stockett wrote The Help because after leaving her hometown of Mississippi, and taking a step back to see how racism really influenced her hometown. When the Stockett family employed Demetrie, it never occurred to her to ask how it must feel to be a black woman in the south. Stockett dwelled on what Demetrie’s answer might’ve been, and ended up writing The Help to answer this haunting question for herself. The Help exposes first hand segregation from the point of view of not only the colored maids, but also their white employers. Aibileen and…

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