Hello, the name's Aibileen, and I'm the central non-white character of, "The Help." I'm a maid, nani, and cook.
The loss of a child and husband
I once had a child named, Treelore. He died from an accident, and my husband left me.
Frightened to speak thy truth
I, a black servant, has a hard as hell time not to speak out for myself and others of my fellow kind.
"Taking care of white babies, that's what I do, along with all the cooking and cleaning" (1).
A racist bathroom
I'm not gonna resists, I must do this for my own personal safety.
"He was 24 years old. The best part of a person's life. It just wasn't enough time living in this world" (2).
A everlasting concern
"My face goes hot, my tongue twitchy. I don't know what to say to her. All I know is, I ain't saying it" (35).
A tortured soul trapped inside
I'm sick of being treated like I'm an inferior race of human. I deserve much better than this since I'm the one doing all the hard work around here.
"Don't you want to get some tissue and go on out there and use it?" (34).
"I feel the bitter seed growing inside-a-me, the one planted after Treelore died. I want to yell so loud that Baby Girl can hear me that dirty ain't a color, disease ain't the Negro side-a-town. I want to stop that moment from coming-and it come in ever white child's life-when they start to think that colored folks ain't as good as whites" (112).
I don't want Baby Girl, Mae Mobley to be one of the racist kind towards the Negro side of town.
"Shhh, please. Do you know what would happen to me if Miss Leefolt find out I talked behind her back?" (120).