Racism was horrible in the 1870s because black people were judged by their skin color. Racism is when people treat black people unfairly and have unequal rights compared to white people. Also, Martin Luther King Jr. Went through a horrible situation. For instance, he tried to make a speech because he wanted to stand up for himself and for the other black people. Then a white person came and shot him to death because he was a leader that was black.
We’ll do business with you people. We’ll sure as hell screw your women. Other than that, you’re just completely off the record as far as we’re concerned’” this quote is not showing equally because they only want to profit off African Americans, other than that they do not exist. Progress and change is not something white people value in the novel Black Like Me.
In the 1930’s many African-American people were constantly dealing with the racism of that time. People were getting lynched with no involvement of the government and segregation was common throughout the country. America was in one of it’s darkest times. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper lee, the case of Tom Robinson was unjust and a representation of many flaws in the system of justice. In Maycomb, Alabama its judicial system is flawed, due to the way it was constructed.
The final way that shows how labels can affect people is negativity. There is so much negativity in this book, like when the book mentioned how the Ewells were not liked. “ The Ewells have been the disgrace of maycomb for three generations.”(Lee 30) This is true and nobody in Maycomb likes the Ewells. The only reason that people were on their side for the trial was because Tom was black and the people were racist that stood against him, They didn 't stand by the Ewells because they liked them.
Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird has many examples of prejudice. The prejudice presented is against people such as Tom Robinson, Atticus Finch, and Boo Radley. Each is discriminated against either because of the color of their skin, who they represent in court, or just how much they isolate themselves from the town. Harper Lee’s stance on racial prejudice is that it is a foolish practice, no matter who does it. Prejudice is a very large part of To Kill a Mockingbird.
White supremacist disturbed southern society and politics. White organizations terrorized black people because some white southerners felt threatened by the black race’s motivation to better themselves. Although, white supremacist successfully tormented negroes, negroes deliberately voted against political groups associated with white supremacy. The history “The American Journey” introduces white supremacy in 1865 after the Civil War.
During the early 60s and 50s America was an unforgiving place for people with colored skin or different racial backgrounds than white people would be separated and discriminated because they were different. With the help of people of Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights activists, they were able to outlaw and diminish segregation with peaceful protest and speeches. Segregation was a horrible because all it was is just people hating other people just because the way they look or racial backgrounds. In the early 60s and 50s segregation was a huge thing back then and many different activities and a lot of different things were designated for different races.
This suppression came through the establishment of Jim Crow laws, and anti-black violence. Whites had feared that blacks could have a lot of influence in the political sphere, and thus used violence as a fear tactic to prevent blacks from voting. Literacy tests and poll taxes were also used as methods to keep blacks from voting, particularly because many of them were not educated or could not afford to pay the taxes to vote. The passing of Jim Crow laws also fueled the political and social
“ The assumption… that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral beings, that all Negro men are not to be trusted around our women…” (Lee 232). Even though there are many Negroes who are kind and thoughtful they are defined by this assumption. Most of the Negroes mentioned in To Kill a Mockingbird are like the Finches such as Tom Robinson, Reverend Sykes, and Link
In society, there are very few people who have the unwavering dedication to stand up for what they believe. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, a black man was convicted and accused of a crime he didn 't commit, raping a white women, which is not in anyway tolerable in society. In Harper Lee 's To Kill A Mockingbird, the author used point of view and symbolism to acknowledge how the the several social divisions which make up much of the adult world are shown to be both irrational and extremely destructive. To begin with, the short story To Kill A Mockingbird, used point of view to show how the many social divisions in the world are irrational and destructive. Scout; a first grade student at the time, was telling the story from her point of view and what had occurred from her childhood perspective.
He lost a case because of a racist jury and lost his freedom and life along with it. To begin with, Tom Robinson is affected by racism because he is black and in society black men are not to be trusted near woman and since he was accused for raping Mayella Ewell, jury and Maycomb citizens believed that Tom Robinson was guilty. For instance, “[…] the evil assumption- that all Negro men are basically immoral beings, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women […]” (Lee 273). This shows us that many white individuals believe that black men are immoral beings and should not be trusted around woman, this instantly clicks into the jury’s mind leading a head start for the Ewell to win the case and even the jury already jumping to conclusions with their final decision with racial judgements.
The south was especially notorious for lynching blacks. About eighty-three percent of people lynched were black. In 1922, "The Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill" was an effort to stop lynching altogether in the United States. The people behind this bill were obviously not okay with lynching, and saw it as an unlawful and immoral thing to do to another human being.
Prejudice is having a preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience. This is an action that is sadly used often today. People come up with opinions from things they have heard from others personal understandings. From that they choose to judge people or things without knowing anything personally. In the book To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch defends a black man, Tom Robinson, when he is wrongly accused of raping a white girl.
There wasn’t a good reason why society disliked African Americans so much and loved whites. I guess people thought of African Americans as violent scary people. Since I have been growing up if I see a African American I might get a little scared if they don’t look like they have money but I also do the same to whites. I think that they way African Americans were treated during the Civil Rights movement was horrendous. It was not fair that African Americans were the poor ones imagine if it was the other way around and white people were the poor ones how would the whites feel.
Blacked Out Most Americans are afraid of African Americans. Why, we ask? Most of us don’t know why we do, is it their physical appearance or is it the fact that they have a different skin tone? In Chapter 5: Black Men of The Culture of Fear by Barry Glassner, Glassner argues that the media exaggerates the excessive attention paid to African-Americans (Glassner 109). Throughout the chapter, Glassner exposes us to secrets and truths about how the media makes us fear African-Americans, they feed us irrelevant information that make it seem like blacks are still a lower class and therefore treating them like they are still slaves.