The novel “To Kill A Mockingbird” was written in 1960 by Harper Lee in the point of view of a young innocent girl named Scout. One of the main messages that Lee has (need a new word than – indicated or set out) is racism, it plays an important role which strongly impacts many character’s lives unfairly and changes the relationship between two. Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” shows that it is wrong to hurt someone who does no harm to you, for example, black people are innocent but no way did they have as many rights as white people did. Black people lived hard lives because society was judgemental, irrational and most importantly, racist. As Scout and Jem grow older they learn to cope, take responsibility and are introduced to new aspects of life, one of which is racism.
One example is shown through Atticus when the trial on Tom Robinson takes place. At this time, Atticus is shown to be a philanthropist in the ways of caring for each other equally. When Atticus was on the stand for Tom, he looked at him as an equal and no different because he was black. Although Atticus was presented this way, he was looked at disapprovingly because he was defending a black man and therefore displeasing his fellow peers. This shows that Lee’s characters are displayed in a pleasing
Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird famously said in his closing arguments: "You know the truth, and the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some negro men are not to be trusted around women- black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and no particular race of men." (pg 232) What Atticus is trying to convey is a foreign concept to most people in Maycomb county. Atticus is trying to convey a point of equality and no prejudice in a world of social inequality which, as one can imagine, didn 't go over so well.
Although programs tried to create an equal level of justice between people, nothing could stop the unfair treatment between the different races. Social divisions are revealed to be irrational and destructive because of the unfair treatment of people by the color of their
Did he really stab his father? All those questions were probably running through his head when he decided he wanted to make Boo Radley come out. Dill wanted Boo to come out so he could satisfy his curiosity about the infamous Radley. Everything that was known about the Radley’s was negative; Mr. Radley was taciturn whenever he was seen in town and “bought cotton” for a living, Boo was a criminal, and the family did not go to church (pg. 11).
Not only do they place stereotypes on Boo, they place stereotypes on those of different races, mainly blacks, and never question or think they are wrong. These exaggerated rumors affect many of the people, and are viewed as acceptable because of the specific structure of the town. The stereotypes exemplify the disrespect the people have for each other and illustrate the solution needed to avoid this problem. Classism is also embedded into the structure of the town and often affects the lower classes, such as poor whites, mixed races, and blacks. This is displayed in the quote, “But I want to play with Walter, Aunty, why can’t I?”
Ellis and Lee both portray the lack of humanity that lies among racists in the books Invisible Man and To Kill a Mockingbird as well as the unjust treatment people of color receive but differ in how people of color react to racism shown towards them. Humanity as defined by a dictionary is a kind and sympathetic attitude toward other people. Racism is a cruel and harsh thing that puts people in boxes and discriminates. Racism can be described as one of the worst traits that lies among humans.
Atticus attempts to persuade the community to not defer to prejudice and intolerant ways by pointing out Bob Ewell’s flaws and racism. Although he knows that most of the individuals in Maycomb will believe that Negroes are the reason why everything is wrong, he wants the community to know that “‘... the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women- black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men’” (Lee
Lynch stated, “Shave off the brute 's mental history and create a multiplicity of phenomena of illusions, so that each illusion will twirl in its own orbit...”. He worried that if African Americans went back to their roots and discovered where they came from they would begin to see the evils that the whites put upon them. For very few this has been the case. They’ve discovered their African roots and cultivate them in their lives daily. However, the majority still fail to realize the importance of their true culture.
King and Hansberry presented the racial tensions between the influence and the authority mainstream to expose the limits of an unequal and racist American society. It is proven in both texts that inequality and discrimination that African Americans face, negatively impacts their thoughts, feelings, and domestic relationships with one another. Finally, King and Hansberry reveal that it is human to dream. The influences that the African American community struggle with daily, such racial discrimination, hinders the ability to fulfill their dreams.
Clearly, this was the human response to discrimination, as they are now fearful of interfacing with whites due to the immense segregation between the two races. The whole scenario of To Kill A Mockingbird integrates the advantages of a white citizen’s living conditions and the unfairness felt by the colored people in the community. However, both demonstrate the lesson that you cannot judge someone by their skin color and race, as it is more about what kind of character is represented through their own actions and
Age identity is a type of personality associated with the age of the person. This type of identity is very common among certain communities in smaller cities. When a group of like-minded individuals live near each other, they tend to get along better. For example, young people enjoy living around other young people as they know what each other has been through in terms of generation growth. Similarly, the elderly prefer to live in areas with other elders as they believe it is more safe.
Instead, slavery and Jim Crow laws evolved into numerous “fronts” that further contribute to racial hostility. The oppression of minorities is often portrayed as less oppressive than it is by non-minorities or trivial. A solution to the lack of acknowledgment of the marginalization of minorities is engaged citizenship and maintaining a sense of personal responsibility. Individuals can accomplish this by becoming allies with pro-black social movements, like the Black Lives Matter