The help: Stirring it up

I finally caught up with the rest of America and saw The Help tonight.

Loved it.

End of review.

I’m sure you felt like me as I watched it – amazed, outraged, embarrassed at how we’ve treated people. (Sick to my stomach.)

It’s easy to sit here now and criticize the behavior of the women profiled in the movie, and yet to them… it was normal. It was expected.

It’s easy to read and watch and hear stories of hte holocaust and feel disgusted at those too. Or Rwanda. Or the Native Americans. Or the Kemer Rouge.  Or… you get it.

We ask ourselves, how could people live like that? Treating other people as less than human?

How could they sleep at night?

And yet history has repeated itself over and over and over.

It makes me wonder what i’m immune to about my own culture now that’s wrong?

What will my children, my grandchildren, look back on my generation and say “I can’t believe they…”

Human trafficking? Corporal punishment? Euthanasia? Gay marriage? Abortion? The war on terror? Asian sweatshops funded by large Western companies? Immigration issues?

Some may get ruffled that I’ve put some of htose issues in the same sentence…. But I can’t please everyone.

And really, who knows what our children and grandchildren will think?

I just hope I have the courage to stand up for what I believe in my heart to be right, whether it goes against my cultural norm or no.t

STOP.

 

Q for you: Have you seen The Help? (Or read the book?) What did it stir up for you??

 

Love,
A

 

Click Clink Five is a blog by Adriel Booker. | Five minutes a day, unedited. | 2012 All rights reserved. | Adriel also writes on parenting and motherhood at The Mommyhood Memos.

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About Adriel Booker

Writer, speaker, advocate, and non-prof worker. Happily married city-lover, mama, and emoji enthusiast in Sydney, Australia. Author of Grace Like Scarlett (Baker Books, 2018). View all posts by Adriel Booker

3 responses to “The help: Stirring it up

  • Stevie Lujan

    I watched that today for the first time as well. I think it stirred in me a heart that wants to be filled with compassion, an active compassion that has no bounds or that is determined by societies standards or norms. I felt my heart wanting to become soft and naive’, similar to the celia character, the one who was rejected by the group. Twas a good movie.

    • Adriel Booker

      just realized i never responded to this stevie. sorry mate. 😦

      i really did love celia too – she was a awkward and entirely refreshing and admirable all at once.

  • Branson

    Love that last line. (I haven’t seen or read this yet)

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