Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Help.

My older sister heads a minority program at a prestigious school.

I have had a pretty amazing Wall Street career

My younger sister is the Dean at a Charter school.

My mom has worked for the NYC BOE for many years.

All of our achievements started when my Nana left South Carolina and ventured North. Back then the only jobs for colored women were domestics and so this proud woman took her first and only domestic job. Long story short after a day she told them to kiss her ass and never looked back. Some may see that as a funny story but to us its our history. A history steeped in strength and pride. The same strength that radiates through every word in The Help.

After my homie Smarty went off on twitter I knew I had to finish this post and have my say. In the past few months leading up to the movie release of "the Help" several pieces have surfaced condemning it. Strangely most of the authors had not read the book, nor pre-screened the movie their venom strictly directed at the subject matter. "Black women playing Mammies and maids in this day and age is a disgrace", I read somewhere and was Colored me confused. Anyone that has read the book can tell you  that being a maid was just their jobs, no different than if these women had high power careers where they were discriminated against. These characters were much more than that. But I was confused because I don't get how 
one judges something they now NOTHING about? Slapping a "Pro-black,  I don't need any white people telling me" sticker on things just to make a point. A point that I find to be ridiculous and only serves to makes things worse.  This book /movie is meant to uplift and remind us of the struggles that our people went through so we could write, work non-domestic jobs, hell so we could do something as simple as live where we want and ride the bus. Too many of  us want to believe that civil rights was won by college degree having men and women only, because everything else is too shameful. But that is false. Everyday Joe and Joans really made the movement,  sacrificing their lives, just like the maids in this book. They risked everything to tell the world WE ARE PEOPLE and you will treat us as such. And please miss me with the we didn't do it with the help of white people because now you're fooling yourself.

I admit I don't want to see the movie because I know it will ruin the feeling I had while reading the book, Hollyweird has a way of doing that. But My Nana hasn't given me much of a choice so I'll be seeing it next week, I'd hate to get on her bad side. :)

*To quote the Great Smarty Smarty (sing like Patti Patti)  "regardless of what we do, unless we own the company, we are still in a position of servitude and we are still subordinate."*

and your Beres song for the day!

not a damn thing to do with this post but it's BERES Week!


Smarty P. Jones said...

Yup. I co-sign the hell outta this post. Folks kill me talking about shit when they know nothing! Ugh!

BK's Favorite Buttafly said...

Thank you! Thank You! Thank You!!! *raises glass of Kiki's Kickin in your honor for this post*

The Jaded NYer said...

Like I just posted on Smarty's blog, I'm barely one generation removed from domestic workers my damn self, so please!

It really troubles me that ppl are up in arms about this, but when it comes to more serious issues like our illiterate children and jobless neighbors, very few say a word.

Remnants of U said...

I know that it is my history. Both of my grandmothers were maids in the south.

I wish I had read the book 1st, but the movie is very good.

Black atelier said...

I believe that you are right in your assessment of the history within the film but the inner message could be misconstrued by many.