The Help

@savypat (20246)
United States
February 20, 2012 2:14pm CST
I finally read this book. Once started I couldn't put it down. I've known people like this all my life, both black and white. What really impressed me was to remember when men and women each lived in different worlds. Often they never had a clue as to what was going on. Now with so many women in the work force I think many of these seperate worlds are blurred. My family was white and we did have help in the house, being from the East Coast of the USA, our help was of many nationalities. Unlike these stories in The Help our people were all family, those that worked for us were not treated any differently then the rest of the family, all children had chores just as each employee did, we played with their kids, went to school with them wore each others cloths and shared lives. But because we lived in California we had many Southern families and in those homes The Help would have recognized themselves in that book. I remember the first time I saw the way Black people were treated, as tho they were not humans, I hated it then and I hate it now, because it still goes on, it's just under ground and hidden. But I liked the book.
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@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
21 Feb 12
I haven't read that book...did they recently make a movie from it? I was thinking I saw some previews. I would rather read the book though..they are always much better than the movies. I am appalled at the way black people were treated too. I took a Southern Literature class and it was a real eye opener. I mean..I knew that there was slavery and the treatment was horrible but to be able to read the things that they wrote..both black and white people that were stuck in that time...was amazing. I have decided to keep that particular book of stories from southern writers.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
25 Feb 12
Yes this is the same as the movie which is up for some awards this week end.
• United States
20 Feb 12
Sounds a book that I would enjoy reading. I too get sick to see how white people sometimes treat others. It blows my mind that it wasn't so terrible long ago, during my lifetime, in fact that they weren't allowed to ride buses unless the were at the back and couldn't go to certain schools and had to go to the back doors of the restaurants to be served. It still makes me made to hear those who make racist comments. They make me sick!
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
23 Feb 12
Once you read this book you will never look at a chocolate pie the same again. I won't tell you more, read the book
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
22 Feb 12
Hi savypat, I haven't read the book but I expect that I would like it,just as you did. I've never had the experience of having hired help but feel as you do that we are all equal and should be treated the same. Blessings.
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
21 Feb 12
i have ordered this movie from the library and i cannot wait to see it!
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• Canada
20 Feb 12
It sounds like a very interesting book and something that I would like to read. I am an avid reader and I'll see if I can find this book to read. As for the treatment of these people, I find it very disturbing as to how can someone treat a human being like that. It makes me sick to even think about it...
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