Upset by Constantine's departure, Skeeter decides she wants to write an expose about the lives of maids in Jackson, and asks Aibileen to help her. Aibileen at first refuses, concerned it will bring nothing but trouble.
SKEETER: "A book like this has never been written before."
AIBILEEN: "'Cause they's a reason. I do this with you, I might as well burn my
own house down."
It's not just revenge from racists that is a concern: Under Mississippi state law, publishing anything that promotes equality among races could bring imprisonment.