“The first time I was ever called “ugly”, I was thirteen…”
As a child in America’s Deep South in the 1970s, Kathryn Stockett was not really aware of the racial divides around her. Now she has written a novel about the community in 1960s Mississippi from the point of view of the black servants.
The maid’s tale: Kathryn Stockett examines slavery and racism in America’s Deep South By Jessamy Calkin The Telegraph, 16 Jul 2009
“The help”, by Kathryn Stockett : a book on black maids written by a white woman
She does not know
She thinks her brown body
Has no glory.
If she could dance
Under palm trees
And see her image in the river,
She would know.
But there are no palm trees
On the street,
And dish water gives back no images.
“No Images” remains a significant representation of the basic philosophy of the Harlem Renaissance