A white person was considered to have greater taste and quality, which influenced the assumption that all blacks were immoral beings and not trusted to be around white women. Scout’s brother Jem explained the class division of Maycomb by categorizing the four types of people in the town’s society. In relations to the Jim Crow laws, the people who were ranked from highest to lowest of respect were the Ordinary, Poor, live off the government, and finally at the bottom of degradation were black people. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Maycomb considered the black people to be unsuccessful, African-American, and least respectable as Jem stated, “You know something, Scout? I’ve got it all figured out, now.
This double standard was created by racism and was able to remain present due to segregation. The minds of black people have been brainwashed into thinking that people with more European features are more beautiful. Janie’s appearance models power, reflects society’s hypocrisy, and shows the distinction between the inner
Moreover, racist practices of discrimination against colored maids reinforce anger 's idea of black maids who suffered racism and ill-treatment. According to Hegel, ‘Black Colored’ is a concept first created by Europeans and defined in opposition to European. He saw black color the lowest stage of development shown by European culture, whose natural outcome must be the state or nationhood. Hegel said that black color simply did not exist. This reflects the extremely racism towards the blacks.
The Cruelty of Racism Racism is the belief that one race possesses inherent traits that make that particular race superior to other races. In 1900s, black people were treated cruelly, and even got killed because of racism. They were considered inferior to the white race. People used to judge each other based on their skin color, and race. The society used to turn a blind eye to the racial problems.
This stereotype of the black people looked down on was started by the colonization of the southern hemisphere, referring to South Africa. The black South African were identified as barbaric and not able to rule or govern their own country. This lead to the oppression of the black race by the white so “superior” white race. This has the political ideology that was and still occasionally demonstrated in the media. With this I can reference to the cartoon of “Madam and Eve” which is generally all about how the white people are superior to the black people.
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. After the civil war, the Confederates were angry with their loss.
The author, David Smith, discusses the topic of racial issues from the 19th century. During this time period, even abolitionists treated black people as lesser people than themselves. Smith describes how this book displays the discrimination of black people, and how even when slaves gain freedom, society does not allow them to feel entirely “free.” He also defines the term race as a term one uses to undermine a different group of people. In the 1800s, many saw black people as inadequate and simpleminded, Twain introduces Jim as a sympathetic and caring man. Smith also defends the purpose of the use of the word “n--,” suggesting that this language relates to the dialect of the common men during the time period of the book.
In both To Kill a Mockingbird and Mississippi Burning, the viewer is shown the distinctions of the social groups and racial segregation of the superior white lords in relation to the supposed trash like African-Americans. There is a clear discrimination in the societies. The negroes are treated like slaves and are pushed to live in the worst insufficient conditions, away from the urban, fancy and polished areas, in the centre of towns. Although the term ‘segregation’ has thought to have meant separate but still equal, it’s not the case in these stories and blooms sadly everywhere. One racial connection between the two is to do with the different churches for the white and the dark-coloured people and their customs.
Over the course of the American history, black people were oppressed and treated unfairly. A few ways that society treated black people is by segregating them from white people, beating them up, and taking advantage of them. As a consequence, African Americans grew up in an environment were limited in their abilities, had hatred towards the white, and had a constant judgment from white people. These factors contributed towards the way society viewed African Americans, flawed, uneducated, and poor. Yet, a notable person who overcame these obstacles and made the most out of his experiences was Malcolm X.
This is termed as internalized racism. Unlike Sterling Williams who believed that unity among black people is necessary in order to raise a voice against the white tyranny, Christophe believed that white people were indeed a superior race and black people deserved the treatment that they were getting. He stereotyped blacks as filthy, uneducated, ill-mannered etc. According to Watts-Jones internalized racism in African American people involves two levels of shame: the shame associated with African traits and the shame of slavery and racism associated with those traits (2002.) This led Christophe into believing that he was not one of them and he felt the need to specify the origins of his mother and father in order to justify that he was not African.
When Claudia Rankine addresses visibility in Citizen, a main issue of concern is the stigmatization of a black person’s skin. Throughout the book Rankine displays how being black, or a minority, in today’s society equates to being viewed as basal and, or innately criminal. The scenario in which a black man’s role switches from babysitter to delinquent simply because the color of his skin appears menacing to his white counterpart clearly exhibits said jarring claim (15). In addition, the attention brought onto skin color also reveals the hypocrisy in labeling today’s society as “post race” since implied judgments and preconceived notions of minorities still plague social exchanges. As a result, the line separating a genuine misunderstanding
At the same time it devalued black women as promiscuous and undesirable. The CRT scholars believed these stereotypes permitted privileged white men to accept a limited behavior from their female counterpart, which both elevated and trapped them at the same time. CRT scholars stated how racism has pitted white and black women against each other in society. They argue these stereotypes still persist today, long after the end of slavery. Black womanhood is continually being devalued, while the white womanhood is elevated, but restricted.