The Help by Kathryn Stockett

November 17, 2009

Finished reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett this weekend. Can see why its on so many book group discussion lists . . . I see it becoming required reading in schools down the road. Here’s the question I’d add to the discussion: Note how ingrained it was for some people in the South to refuse to discuss/inform themselves about race (and many other “genteel” topics). Many refused to read or would change the channel if news stories were about race-related issues . . . which explains perhaps how/why attitudes/shameful behavior went on (continue to go on?) for such a long time e.g. if a national news story (e.g. Medgar Evers assination/Birmingham church bombings/etc.) was deliberately ignored, it’s no wonder so many people grew up with no idea or totally innaccurate ideas about what was really happening. People didn’t want to know. Likely true of Germans in Nazi Germany as well. Is this a normal human reaction to change? If so, what are we ignoring today to our peril or shame?