The most pervasive theme is racism. The white policeman- - whose father lost his janitorial business because of particular governmental policy regarding minorities in society hones - is irate at African-Americans. A youthful African-American carjacker spouts the incendiary Black Power talk of the 1970s. Stereotyping is another theme in the film. For instance, the white DA's wife associates the locksmith with being a pack part in view of his ethnicity.
Bob testified accusing Tom of rape, but there was a lot of evidence in the sheriff's testimony to prove that Bob was lying in his testimony, like how the sheriff said that when he heard about Bob's daughter. Bob was expected and sounded happy about it. This evidence shows that Tom is the mockingbird. His innocence is starting to be destroyed, not just by Bob but the jury, and all the white people that are just stereotyping Tom because of his color. In this next quote, this is more in depth on the town of Maycomb and how they stereotype blacks.
In a movie, music sets the tone and mood and also gets the watcher’s attention also have different emotions. To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in the 1930s’ during the Great Depression. The main character Scout Finch has a father named Atticus Finch. He is a lawyer who decides to take a case involving a black man named Tom Robinson who is being accused of sexually assaulting a white girl named Mayella Ewell. Mayella Ewell comes from a poor family who is viewed in the Maycomb society as “white trash.” The Finch family has to face harsh criticism in the heavily racist Maycomb because of Atticus decision to help Tom.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Atticus believes Maycomb is unjust because the town is inconsiderate of other people’s view, which is shown when Atticus gets targeted for defending a black man, worries that his kids will become bitter and catch Maycomb’s disease, and Aunt Alexandra advising Atticus that he is raising his kids wrong. To begin with, Mrs Dubose addresses to Scout and her family about how Atticus is disgracing his race and his color by defending Tom Robinson on the alleged rape case. Mrs Dubose says, “Your father’s no better than the ni**ers and trash he works for” (135). Atticus views Maycomb as an injustice town because during this time period black people were seen as a lower class. Atticus is mark as an overall victim because in the trial the county is shocked that Atticus is
In one way or another each of the character’s lives intertwine. The first scene of the movie we see a Muslim man and his daughter attempting to buy a gun. The owner of the store was a white male and showed a negative attitude towards Farhad because of his background. This was just one of the many racist scenes that were to come throughout the movie. William Grimes from the New York said that he didn’t believe that racism had disappeared, but the civil rights movement has made it contemptible in the eyes of most Americans.
Staples is fearful because he is a black male in the late seventies and early eighties where people looked at them differently as if they were bad people, even though staples is as any other american working towards his dream. In the essay he says he’s fearful when he had written a story and was rushing to the office to show his editor and as he entered the building they had security chase after him, mistakenly thinking he was a burglar. He says, “ I had no way of proving who I was. I could only move briskly toward the company of
Law enforcement racially profile people when making traffic stops, people feel like the police target them because of their skin color and are more aggressive to them. On May 14, 2001, three young African American males were pulled over by the police. According to one of the passengers stepfather they were stopped because they were racially profiled, according to the officer it was a legitimate traffic stop due to failure to use a turn signal (Schott). According to the Richard G. Schott: The highway traffic practices of New Jersey and Maryland State Police troopers have been called
Scout is faced with racism and hypocrisy in the town as her father defends an African American man who has been accused of raping a white girl. The main setting in the story “To Kill a Mockingbird” is Maycomb County, Alabama. It takes place in the 1930’s. Maycomb is a “tired old town” (Lee 6) during the Great Depression. The streets “turned to red slop” in the rain, and “grass grew on the sidewalks” (6).
Also, he includes an email that the author received from a guy named MC stating that he gets emotionally taunted and assaulted by a group of white guys. He asks for help on how to keep his self-esteem without acting like the white people. But, the most important example supporting his cause is the murder of a gay politician called Pim Fortuyn. Even though he was an anti-immigrant politician, he brought this agenda to the public. He became an idol overnight for being the first one to have the courage to mention cultural protectionism as a motive for his policies.
All these issues effect members of society on a day to day basis and is critical that as civilians, we reflect upon these issues. One example of racism and prejudice in the movie was when the Persian man went into the shop to purchase a gun. The store attendant made multiple racist comments which included, calling him Osama, blaming the Persian man for the nine- eleven attack and claiming that all middle eastern people are terrorists. This shows that the store owner had negative judgements about the Persian family. Another example is when the Persian man made an incorrect assumption that the Mexican man who came in to fix their lock was going to rip them off.