The differing reactions of the white and black population to the murder of Medgar Evers show parallels. The black population is terrified about this outbreak of violence against a deeply respected member of their community; this is illustrated by Minny's horrified comment to Aibileen: "'Things ain't ever going to change in this town, Aibileen. We living in hell, we trapped. Our kids is trapped'" (pg. 230).
The white establishment, on the other hand, sees the vigilante murder of Evers as simply returning things to business as usual. On the radio, the white mayor of Jackson publicly refuses President Kennedy's directive to put together a biracial commission. "'Jackson, Mississippi, is the closest place to heaven there is,' he say. "And it's going to be like that for the rest of our lives'" (pg. 231).
These comments are united by the comment sentiment that nothing will change in Jackson Mississippi. For white people, this constitutes a heavenly existence, but for black people this means trying to survive in hell.