After watching The Help (see my review on the previous post) I really wanted to delve further into the 1960’s and the Civil Rights Movement. Although many could argue that the fight for civil rights is still far from being over, it’s easy to see that the figures at that time are really what catapulted America forward into equal rights for all. Although the term equal rights has been used throughout our country’s history it has been redefined time and time again. With the definition yet to truly include equal rights for all.
The Help, specifically speaking in terms of White and Black equality, may carry a relevancy that is echoed in the struggles of today but let’s look at the context of that time period. Although slavery was abolished in December of 1865, 100 years later the fight for equality still continued. African-Americans had many freedoms but were often discouraged from expressing them due to lynch mobs, Jim Crow Laws, and the fear of what would happen if they partook in these freedoms. Separate but Equal was a term that was thrown around to give the illusion of equality but even that wouldn’t suffice.
I have so much admiration for the people who fought for civil rights and what they believe in. It takes so much courage to come from a minority and go against the times. Trust me when I say I CAN RELATE. But something that I never have been able to understand is how one group of people can look down on and treat another group of people with such distaste. When you watch movies/TV shows like The Help and you see how casual it is for these people to treat others so horribly it really makes me wonder. How can some one feel so vindicated in these actions? People should never be condemned for who they are, especially when it is something that they cannot change. When it is something they are born with how can they ever hope to be treated with love and respect? Do you think there are any injustices today that you think future generations will look back on and wonder “What where they thinking?”
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