Importance Of Racial Discrimination In The Help By Kathryn Stockett

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Discrimination is “the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things.” On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks was ordered to give up her bus seat to a white passenger and refused. …show more content…
The quote, “They ain’t rich folks. Rich folks don’t try so hard.”, explains how Aibileen learns that the Leefolts are less well off than they seem. This passage makes it clear for the reader to understand that usually, people who come from wealth, do not have to work to the extremes that people of lower classes do because they have people that do their work for them. When Aibileen remembers the shame she felt after being fired on the first day of her job as a maid, “Shame ain’t black like dirt, like I always thought it was. Shame be the colour of a new white uniform your mother ironed night to pay for, white without a smudge or speck of work-dirt on it.”, she makes it clear to the reader that as a black, lower class woman, it is not easy to find a job, let alone keep one. Even in today’s day in age, individuals who come from wealth are typically the controllers in the working place who hire people to work beneath them and individuals not as financially advantaged, are the employees who are at risk of being replaced by someone younger or by someone who can get the job done cheaper. In the quote, “But I know I’ll have to rewrite everything (Aibileen’s) written, wasting even more time.”, Skeeter, a 23 …show more content…
For centuries, the roles of women compared with those of men have been questioned, dictated and proven discriminatory. Within “The Help”, the quote, “Oh, we’re gonna have some kids...I mean, kids is the only thing worth living for.”, Celia Rae Foote talks about the pressure that is on women to have kids. When Mrs. Foote realizes that she cannot have kids, she references in the quote that kids “is the only thing worth living for.” No woman should ever feel that their sex defines who they are and that they have to conform to what society’s idea of the role of women must be. When Skeeter’s mother says, “Are you..do you..find men attractive? Are you having unnatural thoughts about..girls or women?”, she fears that Skeeter is a lesbian and wants to “cure” her of any perceived deviant thoughts. Even today, society still struggles with accepting same sex marriage, whether that is because people think it defies the norm or because they just do not believe in it, either way, society needs to learn that every individual is entitled to their own means of happiness and that no one is to judge them for that. “My eyes drifted down to HELP WANTED: MALE. There are at least four columns filled with bank managers, accountants, loan officers, cotton collate operators. On this side of the page, Percy and Gray, LP, is offering Jr. Stenographers fifty

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