Dramatic scene portrayed by Mariah Carey - Hattie Pearl is taken into a shed to “help” her master while leaving her son & husband on the field. She is left in the shed (most likely abused) while master comes out and shoots the husband.
Later she is shown suffering mentally (it is assumed she has suffered much abuse over the years). Though a mute role, Mariah really shows in these scenes her talents don’t just lie within the music industry.
After watching the whole movie, it’s clear that the film is about the struggles Mariah (Hattie) went through and the fight to overcome the unnecessary hardships she dealt with.
‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ and the History of Black Work at the White House
by Jamilah King
“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” hits theaters nationwide today. The film is based on the true story of Eugene Allen, an African-American butler who served eight different presidents over the course of a 34-year career. Allen’s story is one of servitude set against the backdrop of years of political change, and it represents the unique view that black service workers have had at the White House since its construction. In the book “The Black History of the White House,” American University history professor Clarence Lusane outlines some of this story. From the hundreds of black enslaved workers who helped build the White House to the countless others who have toiled over the years in its back rooms and kitchens, Lusane lifts up the veil on decades of untold history. I spoke to Lusane about why this moment is an important one. [Continue reading at Colorlines.]
Young brother, the black domestic defies racial stereotype by being hardworking and trustworthy. He slowly tears down racial hatred with his example of strong work ethic and dignified character. Now, while we perceive the butler, or the maid, to be subservient, in many ways they are subversive, without even knowing it.
The Butler (2013)