I still fail to see how this is "harmful". If contributing a false understanding of history to the masses is "harmful", then isn't every historical fiction story "harmful"?

And even if it is "harmful", Stockett is not to blame. "The Help" is a fictional novel; if readers treat it like it's a history textbook, that's their mistake, not the author's. I would certainly criticize teachers who teach it in history classes without offering the proper historical context to contrast it, but I still wouldn't demand that a white author should refrain from writing a book about black characters, which is the main point of my article.

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