If you was the character Celia Foote, what would you think about the recent news to do with civil rights?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In the most sincere of terms, I am not sure Celia could do any more to advance the cause of Civil Rights in Jackson than what she already does.  In many respects, Celia is similar to the people of color in Jackson.  She, too, is ostracized and silenced by the dominant social group.  She, too, is marginalized socially and sought out for humiliation.  She, too, is not worthy of existence in the eyes of the Hilly Holbrookes.  Celia is really no different than Minnie.  It is for this reason that both of them bond so quickly.  Celia does take some active stances in the direction of enhancing Civil Rights.  She does not treat Minnie as an inferior.  In fact, she praises her and lauds her, treating her more of a friend to help blunt the isolation and pain she feels both socially and personally with her inability to have a child.  The moment in which she collapses into the arms, from a figurative sense, to Minnie after another miscarriage where "there's so much blood" is an example of how Celia really does not exhibit the traditional attitude of Southern Whites towards people of color. In this as well as the basic notion of autonomy that she willingly cedes to Minnie, Celia is doing about as much as she can to advance the cause of Civil Rights.  Her characterization on the margins is one that shows how those who are on the outside can form solidarity to advance a larger cause without even pure awareness of it.

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