Aug 24, 2011

I read this quote from Sophia A. Nelson in her article entitled, The 'two Micheles': Obama, Bachmann held to different standards, and it basically gave me a 'Hallelujah Moment'.
Here is what Sophia wrote: 

It's similar to the furor from some in the black community over The Help movie and its depiction of Jim Crow era "maids". It is not that the story was wrong, or that it was not true that caused alarm. It was the fact that a young white woman could tell the story and receive such critical acclaim, while a black woman telling the same story would not.

This describes my sentiments about 'The Help' perfectly.  I don't dispute the fact that the movie may show an accurate portrayal of black maids during that time, I just have a problem with the fact that it seems every time a white person tells our story they get critical acclaim and celebrated, while black authors who tell the same stories go virtually unknown.  This is my issue with books like The Help and The Secret Life of Bees.  I don't dispute the fact that these may be good books, I'm just sick and tired of other people being able to tell our stories and get applauded for it, but wonderful books like Sugar or The Darkest Child twirl in obscurity.


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