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.
The first historical influence on To Kill a Mockingbird is the Jim Crow laws. The laws were unfair and discriminatory. “Jim Crow laws were an official effort to keep African Americans separate from Whites in the southern United States for many years” (“Jim Crow laws”). “A black male could not offer his hand (to shake hands) with a white male because it implied being socially equal”(Pilgrim). Many people in this region thought they had good reason for the laws including the belief that.
He went as far as to accuse Tom Robinson of raping his daughter, which was certainly not true. Tom Robinson was just an innocent black man, and Bob Ewell had to make up a lie about him because he was that racist. Everyone in Maycomb County was racist, except for the Finch's, because they were well-educated. Bob Ewell even went as far as to spit right in Atticus’s face after Atticus and Tom Robinson lost the case. Bob Ewell was so racist that he said, “I seen that black n-word yonder ruttin on my Mayella!” In this sentence, he was talking about Tom Robinson, an innocent black man that Bob accused of raping his daughter.
The society used to turn a blind eye to the racial problems. Inspired by Jim Crow Laws, Scottsboro Trial, and the African American Church Burning American novelist Harper Lee wrote her book To Kill a Mockingbird to portray the injustices and discrimination black people faced back in the 1900s. Jim Crow Laws were laws that enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States, these laws meant that black
The fact that Roxy and Chambers have a very small part of African- American blood and are both slaves at birth show the satire behind Twain’s message. Similarly, in “A matter of Principle”, Charles Chesnutt characterizes Clayton and his daughter Alice as “half-black”. However, Clayton has fallen to social norms and desires to only be white. He and Alice Self-loath being part African-American because of society’s racism and societal perception to race. Also, Actions and speech define a person’s personality.
Under apartheid, approximately seventy-six percent of the white population had at least one black servant who was responsible for menial domestic work around the household. Apartheid policies thrived upon “the projected beliefs about the inferiority of non-white people” (Jahannes 1986, 749), which plays out not only through bias and segregation but also in irrational fears and hostile behavior towards Blacks. Black women working as servants described that this attitude resulted in them seeing themselves as inferior and dependent, and therefore they lack the motivation to develop themselves. Other occurrences of mental instability are caused by the inconsistent custom of having the domestic address their master’s children as boss and madam. This practice, which is only exacerbated by the fact that white children raised by black women grow up to become privileged white masters who continue the cycle, degrades the black women’s sense of self-worth and lead them to disregard their maternal instincts.
One of the most derogatory laws in the 19th century American history can be considered the Jim Craw laws regarding Afro-Americans. Due to this law, also called segregation law, between 1877 and 1950s, more precisely between the end of Reconstruction and the beginning of the civil rights movement in the South, Afro-Americans – or, as they were regarded as “persons of color” – were separated from white communities. Racial discrimination was the basis of any of the Jim Craw laws. Taking into account these laws, one should mention that they spread the attention to the interaction between white and black people, including playing in company with each other; marriages between white
In To Kill a Mockingbird, there is a clear but complicated social hierarchy; the Finches are on the top basically because they are learned and they tend to believe they are better than everybody else. Following below the Finches we have the Townsend citizens followed by the county farmers and finally trailing from behind the black community who despite having all it takes to be on the top have been marginalized at the end due to their skin color. This hierarchy enables Bob Ewell to come up with a case against Tom, who despite being innocent gets punished. This social hierarchy and rot builds up to a deadly and poisonous adult life that Scout and other children will be forces to live and live up to. Despite Scout’s tender age she understands that everyone deserves fair treatments no matter where they come from.
The white images of beauty have become the ideal for everyone from Pecola’s community. They however cannot reach this ideal of blond hair, blue eyes and white skin. Therefore they are forced to feel inferior. This implies that they are taught to hate themselves. This is what the evil of colonialism has done to the African Americans in the name of “civilizing mission”.
It was these type of signs that constantly reminded blacks of the racial order. All sort of things like hospitals, prisons, and schools were all made to a quality less than the whites had to demonstrate the African Americans inferior status. Jim Crow Laws that continued this chain of separation were, blacks could not eat at white restaurants, a black male could not shake hands with a white man or have any relations with white women. These laws allowed whites to be able to beat and punish those who disobeyed them, and it was that which led to the hundreds of race riots and lynchings of African