Sound Off: "The Help"

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - The Help, native Jacksonian Kathryn Stockett's best selling novel, makes it movie debut nationally this week.

The world premiere was held a week earlier at a fundraiser right here in Jackson, where the story was set.

My wife and I read the book and attended the premiere last week.

The movie was filmed in Greenwood and Jackson.

It is a great movie.

The story is about families who had African American maids and the different relationships those families had during the turbulent civil rights era.

The two reactions I hear is, "What a wonderful story of redemption." Or "Why do we keep bringing up the past."

The Help is yet another story that peels back another layer of the prejudice that existed.

The truth hurts no matter when you hear it.

Mississippi is not the same place we were in the 1960's.

What The Help reminds us of is that it is hard to continue to be prejudice when you really get to know someone.

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