What message does Fried Green Tomatoes send about race relations and African American representation? I am using the structure of Critical Race Theory to analyze the characters of the novel, their relationships, motivations and actions, and relate it to the history of African American representation in American literature. My purpose is to reveal where Flagg has successfully broken away from reductive portrayals and what problems still remain. Characters will be compared and contrasted with stereotypes such as the Mammy and Uncle Tom. Of special note is the unerring supportiveness of the black characters, namely Big George, Sipsey, and Onzell, toward the white Threadgoodes and whether it plays into the "Magical Negro" stock character type.