(Solomos, 2005) There was racial prejudice in America which was the division between certain races because of conflicting ideas in spiritual, legal and linguistic traits and a lack of cohesiveness in society. (Solomos, 2005) Furtherly, the failure of rebuilding ideas in society meant that Negroes were not able to seize their opportunities because of the oppression they faced and still continued to face. Examples were slavery and post-emancipation structures such as the Jim Crow segregation laws in the Southern
City of Maycomb is a cruel and harsh place to live, due to the environment that people are racist and thinks that the white people have more power than the black people.Not getting a full equal right is not fair. During the Tom Robinson’s trial, people only said that he was guilty because he was a black man; while Ewell was white. Many black people has thought that it was unfair to not get equal rights, the white people made something called “separate but equal”. Which is impossible to be. White people thought that giving both of the race a school, but a different school with different supplies and school condition.
What Mrs. Merriweather doesn't know is that blacks can't just go about their way of life in Maycomb. All these Jim Crows laws prevent them from doing anything equally like the whites. Harper Lee is trying to explain that a lot of whites didn't realize how bad the colored people had it in the South. Therefore, Mrs. Merriweather is a hypocrite because of her opinion about the blacks in the South and blacks in
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.
Racism, family background, and wealth are the three main forms of social inequality that appear multiple times in To Kill a Mockingbird. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee proves that the Negroes are not respected at all simply because of their skin color. They are so disrespected and looked down on to the point they have their own little community out of the town away from the white people. Although, the colored are racists towards the white people in Maycomb. “You ain’t got no business bringin’ white chillun here-they got their church, we got our’n” (p. 119) Lula, a colored woman is a prime example of the two way road of racism.
According to brown.edu “The economy underwent abrupt and extreme inflation. Since it was so difficult (and dangerous) to procure goods through trade and to produce them, the prices of both goods produced locally and those imported from afar skyrocketed.” There were a low number of farmers and people to work for them which resulted in a famine. Many healthy people left their jobs and ignored the sick to live a life of their own. They were expecting to die soon so they went day and night only doing things that they
In To Kill a Mockingbird, the author Harper Lee introduces a discussion of racial prejudice and justice, a controversial issue that was extremely important during the time the book was published (1960s). On one hand, the character Atticus Finch argued that people should not be discriminated because of skin color, while on the other hand, background characters contended that black people were genetically inferior to white people, and therefore should be set to a different standard. Today, racial tensions are still present, but a new wave of people are being discriminated against for their different sexualities and gender identities. When it comes to the topic of LGBT+ rights, most of us will readily agree that they should not be discriminated against, whereas others are
There is also discrimination of social status. The town of Maycomb has different social classes ranging from the “normal people” like the Finch family to the working class people like the Cunninghams, to the poor people or trash like the Ewells, and dead last are the black folks. Even at the beginning of the book Jem addresses this by saying “The thing about it is, our kind of folks don’t like the Cunninghams, the Cunninghams don’t like the Ewells, and the Ewells hate and despise the colored folks.” Also, Walter Cunningham or the family for that matter are discriminated by Aunt Alexandra who calls him trash and doesn 't want Scout “picking up their habits.” Because of these views, a man named Dolphus Raymond has convinced the entire town that the reason he is raising a child with a black woman is that he is in the clutches of whiskey. While he is really just a sober man with a kind heart but no one will view that acceptable because he is with a black woman. It isn 't illegal for a white man to marry a black woman but society makes it seem like it because of how
But they could harvest only a half of the cultivation as the drought destroyed the rest. They suffer from the drought, food insecurity and debt as they cannot pay back the loans. The drought has affected 1000 of farmer families by completely disrupting their way of life. And plunging them into debt and uncertainty with livelihood sources fast shrinking and food insecurity rising. These people are in desperate need of assistance.