Black People : A Maid Sees Herself in a Novel and Objects

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  1. OldSoul

    OldSoul Permanent Black Man PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Ablene Cooper, a 60-year-old woman who has long worked as a maid here (Jackson, MS), has filed a lawsuit against Kathryn Stockett, the author of the best-selling novel “The Help,” about black maids working for white families in Jackson in the 1960s.
    In the complaint, Ms. Cooper argues that one of the book’s principal characters, Aibileen Clark, is an unpermitted appropriation of her name and image, which she finds emotionally distressing.
    It is more complicated than that. For the past dozen years, Ms. Cooper has worked for Ms. Stockett’s older brother, Robert, and sister-in-law, Carroll, and still does.
    ...The relationship between white families and the black women who raise their children and keep their houses clean has been among the most complicated aspects of life in the South. Like most everything having to do with race or family here, it is largely governed by things left unsaid.
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    Monetary going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Can't wait to see how this turns out. Most likely, they'll pay her off. After the payoff, will she still continue to work for the white family?
     
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    interesting...
     
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    wow!!!
    I can see her point and feel her pain
    I hope in her lawsuit she can have this book removed
    so that the white women nolonger get the pleasure on our women who
    worked and struggle in these white homes/plantations and such in the south.

    I do wish her well in her lawsuit......Go sister !
     
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