Domestic Worker Sues Former Employee For Public Humiliation

February 23, 2011  |  
By J.S.
 
Shocking news: A white woman has profited tremendously by her second-hand account of being black in America. Non-sarcastic, yet still shocking news: This time, she may have to pay for it. Ablene Cooper, a former employee of author Kathryn Stockett’s family, is suing the writer, claiming she was humiliated by her book ‘The Help’.

The Help is about Southern black domestic workers and their white employers. Cooper is suing Stockett for damages of $75,000 related to a character she believes was created in her likeness. The character “Aibileen” speaks in a thick ethnic vernacular and at one point compared her skin color to that of a cockroach, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Stockett claims Aibileen is fictitious, although “Aibileen” and Ablene look to be the same person on paper. “Aibileen” is described as black and middle-aged with a gold tooth and a deceased son, just like Ablene.

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