Hattie McDaniel’s Conflict With the NAACP and Tragic Death | Black Like Moi

McDaniel’s role in Gone With the Wind as well as additional roles that she played through the 1940s brought her the criticism of NAACP president Walter White who felt that the roles were stereotypical and derogatory. McDaniel responded to the controversy by “asserting her prerogative to accept whatever role she” chose. She also highlighted the fact that characters such as Mammy showed audiences that black servants could do more than just measure up to their employers.Eventually, McDaniel’s conflict with the NAACP and the simultaneous unfolding of the Civil Rights Movement caused the roles she was typecast for to dry up. She made a return to radio, and won the approval of the NAACP by using her role to break racial stereotypes despite playing a maid.Sadly, in 1952, McDaniel was diagnosed with breast cancer and died shortly after. She was posthumously awarded two starts on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was also inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame.

 

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