Examples Of Racial Discrimination In To Kill A Mockingbird

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“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view-”... “-- until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (Lee 39). Maycomb is an old town, a tired old town. When the weather is rainy the streets turn into red slop, grass grows on the sidewalks, and the courthouse sagged in square. In Maycomb lived Jem and Scout. Scout is about eight years old, and Jem is Scout’s older brother. Atticus is Scouts and Jems dad. Throughout the novel, Harper Lee gives the reader insight of racial, gender, and religious discrimination that impacted the community of Maycomb. Harper Lee gives us insight of racism in the novel To Kill A Mockingbird. “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People learn to hate and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to human heart than its opposite”(Nelson Mandela). In chapter 11, Atticus tells Scout the definition of n**** lover. Lee states, “Scout”, said Atticus, “nigger-lover is just one of those terms that don’t mean anything--like snot…show more content…
One example is when Jem and Scout go to a blacks church. “Lula stopped, but she said, “You ain’t got no business bringin’ white chillun-- they got their own church, we got our’n. It’s our church, ain’t it?” Calpurnia said “It’s the same God, ain’t it?” (Lee 158). This tells us that just because Jem and Scout are white they have their own God and religion. Calpurnia said that they both have the same God. Another example of religion discrimination is when Atticus defends Tom Robinson. “This case, Tom Robinson case, is something that goes to the essence to a man’s conscience-- Scout I couldn’t go to church and worship god if i didn’t try to help that man” (Lee 139). This tells us that just because Tom is a black and has a different religion Atticus can not help
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