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Film Review: The Harm of “The Help”

Film Review: The Harm of “The Help”

In the end, I find this movie to be a white­wash of a very com­pelling story in a dif­fi­cult time in Amer­i­can his­tory. Racism and seg­re­ga­tion are not por­trayed as the evil, insid­i­ous insti­tu­tions that they are, but are depicted instead as the result of catty White women attempt­ing to main­tain their place within their own social hier­ar­chy. Fur­ther­more, Toure, in his belated review of “The Help,” dis­cussed the idea of the mag­i­cal Negro, so I won’t get into too much of it here. But I will say that I highly doubt that a White tod­dler needed her Black maid to remind her, “You is kind, you is smart, you is impor­tant.” It would’ve made bet­ter sense if the child said it to the maid.