Until 1865, the enslavement of African Americans was legal in the United States (History.com Staff). Most of the nation believed that African Americans weren’t equal to Whites and could be treated as property. Even after slavery was abolished, these racist ideals were ingrained in the minds of most Southerners. In the 1930s, racial ignorance still caused society to believe that African Americans were sinful and a lesser race. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee illustrates how important decisions are influenced by racial ignorance ingrained in a society.
As Brent Staples explains in his essay “Black Men and Public Space,” black people deal with many problems, from discrimination, and he explains these points in an orderly manner and each very thoroughly. Over the existence of the United States, blacks have had to face oppression due to the prejudices views held against this. America views every black person as the same and judges them based on the actions of others. It is for this reason that all blacks are judged based on the book of a cover without being able to show the world who they really are. As Norman Podhoretz stated in his Essay “My Negro Problem - and Ours,” “growing up in terror of black males; they were tougher than we were, more ruthless...”
How Society Affected Harper Lee In the book “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Harper Lee opened our eyes to how unfairly African Americans were treated in the 1930’s. The society Lee grew up in had a lot of racism and segregation. This society affected her in many ways that we can see throughout her book. First of all, racism was one of the things that affected Harper Lee. Many people in the South believed that African Americans were not as good as white people.
To Kill A Mockingbird: Inequality According to Merriam-Webster, inequality is defined as “the quality of being unequal or uneven”. In the book To Kill A Mockingbird inequality is brought up in many places. In particular, the African-American population faces racial biases. Furthermore, in the book Tom Robinson, a respected humble African-American is accused of raping Mayella Ewell an unhappy, and lonely white girl. The poor citizens in Maycomb, Alabama face different inequalities.
African Americans have systematically been deprived of equal opportunities and fundamental rights in America since the establishment of slavery. Although the Civil Rights Act banned the implementation of segregation and racial inequality over 40 years ago, the overall concept of racial and cultural hierarchy still lingers at the forefront of today’s society. White America’s history of racially oppressing, isolating, and segregating African Americans have led to present-day issues surrounding the political and economic forces that intentionally limits Blacks access to and opportunity from social, economic, educational, and political advancement through the institution of structural racism. Structural racism within America’s governments and
Correspondingly, the novel reminds the causes of the war and the circumstance in the Southern part at that time when the racial discrimination was actively happened. Especially the idea of social injustice is distinctly reflected in the behaviours of biased people living in Maycomb society where black people are considered as an inferior presence. In ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, Harper Lee illustrates the theme of justice through various literary techniques by narrating the events of adult’s world in child’s fair perspective, symbolizing each character to demonstrate the consequences which the society influences a child, and reinforcing the theme of social hierarchy due to racism. Firstly,
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.
Suffering, is inevitable. However, suffering for a black American, is fueled by discrimination and oppression. While suffering often unites mankind, skin color has somehow managed to divide it. As evil transpires in our world, we begin to see our communities divide and organize themselves according to color, social class, and family values. These issues are presented in James Baldwin’s work, where he displays suffering, particularly for the blacks in America.
2.1 Racial Discrimination and Slave Labour Toward Oompa-Loompas Seen in The Novel and Movie This chapter provides the theory of racial discrimination and slave labor from the perspectives of movement at that time and promoting a postive image of African-American community toward the discrimination of Oompa-Loompa character. In this chapter, racial discrimination acts towards Oompa-Loompa based on globalization and anthropology theory from the previous chapter. Oompa-Loompas in this novel and movie depicted has lower intelligent, this case proved with several shreds of evidence as I mentioned below, the lack of refined diet, inability to communicate in English, and pygmies tribes from Africa. Roald Dahl versions of Oompa-Loompa in 1963 are pygmies and imported from Africa. "Their skin is almost black" and they once lived in the depths of jungles surrounded by many dangerous creatures (Dahl 74).