Saturday, October 29, 2011

Help Occupy Wall Street

The Help
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I know someone who was a hippie. Make love, not war...all that jazz. And to tell you the indisputable truth, that front-page picture of such a massive group rallying together for reform (and a hell of a lot of partying, as it seems) instantaneously made me think of her. Her generation's protesting of the Vietnam War...that was similar to this, right? People harboring collective anger about a supposed conflict and expressing it. From the 1960s to the 2010s, a distinct and imperative parallel therefore exists.
     The 1960s are also the time in which The Help, Kathryn Stockett's wildly popular novel, is set. In a dramatically racist Jackson, Mississippi, Skeeter, an aspiring writer, conceives the idea of interviewing black maids to discover how they feel about serving white housewives. However, such maids are afraid to even be seen with Skeeter as they consider lynchings, beatings, and arrests that have befell other local coloreds who crossed "the line". Everyone knows deep within their soul that change is truly necessitated, but shouldn't one's life, and those of one's family, be considered first? Walk in Aibileen, a fearless maid who risks the nothing she has to lose. Aibilieen's writing professes the emotions elicited when a child you're paid to take care of calls you "Mama", when you must simply watch the neglect a parent can inflict on that child, their own child. Aibileen only begins to release her secrets because the benevolent grandson of a sweet, elderly friend of hers is beat to blindness by a few racists. At this time, the woman prioritized a change in the way Jacksonians lived over her personal well being. Soon, other maids hop on the bandwagon and begin releasing their stories to the world, but this only occurs after a profound realization in each of their lives as well. Said realization occurs when Yule May, a maid who is desperate to put her twin boys through college, must go off to jail because her employer, antagonist Ms. Hilly Holbrook, unjustly accuses the woman of stealing a ring. Hilly, however, doesn't care to reveal that the ring she stole, a dusty ring left under the sofa, is one that she doesn't care for at all. Racism is the sole fuel to her malignant action.  
Occupy Wall Street
Occupy Wall Street protesters singing.
     What I would like you to focus on here is the profound event that mobilizes actions towards change. No maid of Jackson Mississippi would have given a thought to talking with Miss Skeeter if they didn't experience their moment. The moment where a person states,  Something is wrong here. It really needs to be fixed, and because it really needs to, not trying to fix it would be just as wrong. The other maids see Yule May's situation and know that no matter how much pain it may cause in the future, not doing anything about the racism in Jackson, Mississippi is as malignant as racism itself.    
     Nowadays, a movement has been taking the nation by storm, a movement that threatens to never release this USA from its grasp. What am I talking about? Occupy Wall Street, of course. People around the country see a great wrong in Wall Street corruption, the massive job famine, and anything that causes "getting by" to be immensely difficult. And just like the aforementioned black maids, they each had a moment of revelation, a moment when they acknowledged such wrongs and stated that not fixing them was a wrong in itself. Without such a moment, these individuals would be equal parts silent and desperate in attempting to secure an occupation for themselves, making this wondrous influx of youth expressionism nonexistent.
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Occupy Wall Street protesters running from tear gas.
     And the ultimate effect a moment of revelation can have-the real change? For the maids of Jackson, Mississippi, it is a breakdown of segregation, especially on the domestic front. Hilly Holbrook is dethroned from public eminence and doesn't even think about persuading her fellow housewives to perform racist actions anymore. Her Home Health Sanitation Initiative, a bill that requires all white households to maintain a separate bathroom for colored help because of supposed, African American diseases, is accordingly repealed...but then there's the Occupy Wall Street protesters. Goals of the protests, the protesters' way of correcting such financial problems, are beginning to emerge, but until they are absolute, no one can validly predict the ultimate effect.
      One thing, though, is absolute-however long the conflicts exist, these enraged citizens will continue to act. For what are they but human?


  1. Now I want to read The Help and visit occupy wall street....but here's now way i'll be allowed to go occupy wall street, and my mom never got back to me on "Am i allowed to read the help, or are you forbidding me to read it beacuse of one measly swear word?" :(

  2. you made a grammar mistake :)

  3. Where? And what's the name of your blog so I can mention you? Hahaha my grammar...

  4. Do you hear the people sing?
    singing the song of angry men!
    It is the music of a people who will not be slaves again!
    when the beating of your heart echoes the beating of the drums,
    there is a life about to start when tommorow comes!
    Will you join in our crusade?
    who will be strong and stand with me?
    Beyond Zancotti Park is there a world you long to see?
    Then join in the fight that will give you the right to free!

    Occupy wall street reminds of the FIRST ACT of Les Miserables. (The 2nd act is too depressing.) "Zancotti park" and "the barricade" even have the same number of sylables. hence, these lyircs to "do you hear the people sing." it's not really a parody;its adjusted lyrics. (i've tries to post twice already, but it always disapears. 3rd time's the charm)
    I don't have any of the profiles aside from anonymous. I will sign this, wiht my middle name playing the role of my last name
    ~Kaitlin Marie

  5. Well, I agree that there has been corruption on Wall Street - and that has not helped the economic climate. However, there is equally bad corruption on the part of Fannie and Freddie Mac and their board of directors and overseers which caused the housing crisis which we are currently still suffering from. As for Occupy Wall Street the movement, I feel like it has been taken over by people who do not even know what they are standing for - you ask random people why they are there and they all give a different almost nonsensical reason (I've seen this on numerous television programs) if they can even answer coherently at all. Do I think there needs to be a movement against corruption of all sorts that has contributed to this economic chaos we find ourselves in - yes I do. I just don't think Occupy Wall Street is that group, or isn't yet.

    I also don't condone the destruction they caused in New York - going to the bathroom in the streets? Talk about gross and not serving their cause. If they hadn't been so destructive they probably would still be able to protest where they were before in New York, but the judge ruled against them. I think there is something to be said about protesting with dignity.

    As always, I know many people disagree with me and this is only my opinion. :)

    All best!
    April @ My Shelf Confessions

  6. it's taking a turn for the worse...people are losing sight of the point of the protests...this is because of my les mis lyrics. everything i forsee turns to jinxed.
    blogless as usual
    ~Kaitlin marie

    ps-isn't it almost the one year anniverseary of this blog exisitng? i only found this in october, but congrats (-:


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