When Atticus is explaining the truth in racial inequality he says, “As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men everyday of your life … when a white man does that to a black man … he is trash” (Lee192). This quote expresses Atticus’ feelings and thoughts towards racism. The quote is able to characterize him as a righteous man who is ultimately against racial inequality and able to look past the color of one’s skin. Harper Lee is able to use the charastic of Atticus to convey the central idea of racial inequality existing within the region of white
Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird much of the focus in this book is on prejudices and discrimination which is shown greatly through points of gender, race, and social classes. (P.A.W. 2) In To Kill a Mockingbird there is gender discrimination shown greatly
Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird has many examples of prejudice. The prejudice presented is against people such as Tom Robinson, Atticus Finch, and Boo Radley. Each is discriminated against either because of the color of their skin, who they represent in court, or just how much they isolate themselves from the town. Harper Lee’s stance on racial prejudice is that it is a foolish practice, no matter who does it. Prejudice is a very large part of To Kill a Mockingbird.
And if you fight here, you will at least know what you're fighting for." He’s saying that the whites just send you over and say fight and you have no idea why you are just doing as you are told. But if you fight right here and right now then you will know why you are fighting and the outcome will be greater. Malcolm also mentions that “22 million Black people are victims of Americanism” and he considers himself one. These victims are those who are a part of the dishonest democracy that we have in the United States.
Arguably the main theme of to kill a mockingbird is social prejudice and its detrimental effects. The author Harper Lee explores all types of social prejudice, most dramatically in the form of racism with Tom Robinson's trial. However, racism is only one aspect of the issue. Prejudice is shown to be pervasive and wide-ranging, certainly in a cramped, conservative little town like Maycomb. Society in this town is rigidly divided along lines of race, class and gender.
Finally, as the book comes to conclusion Tom Robinson, a black man, is pleaded quilty with the charge of raping a white women. Throughout the novel, it was proven all he was trying to do and aiming for was to help a young girl. People in society gain the evil assumption that all black men and women aren 't equal to those of a different race. A part in the novel that proves how intolerable the society is; on page 242, "A white man 's word, against a black man 's word, the white man always wins" (Lee). This quote shows how the main reason Tom was guilty was due to the color of his skin.
In the stories “A Quilt Of A Country” and “The Immigrant Contribution” there are similarities and differences between the two stories. I will be explaining what the similarities and differences are. In these two stories they both talk about diversity and not everyone having the same rights and not being treated the same. “Children learn in social-studies class and in the news of the lynching of blacks, the denial of rights to women, the murders of gay men. It is difficult to know how to convince them that this amounts to “crown thy good brotherhood,” that amid all the failures is something spectacularly successful,” (Quindlen 14) This is saying that people are killed and treated different because of race, gender, and sexuality.
Such that people of color are continuously treated as if their lives are baseline evil. Such that in he cases of Trevon Martin, Renisha McBride. Mike Brown.and Eric Garnerwhile legally you are presumed innocent until proven guilty, socially, these victims were presumed guilty even though they were killed. “It is, in other words, the theodicy of European modernity. Black life, thus, has come to matter negatively within the context of our sociopolitical life, emerging as always already guilty in the eyes of a state that sanctions.” (Finley & Grey 447) The dead black bodies seen as nothing more than further support for the superiority of whiteness.
The story represents the culmination of Wright’s passionate desire to observe and reflect upon the racist world around him. Racism is so insidious that it prevents Richard from interacting normally, even with the whites who do treat him with a semblance of respect or with fellow blacks. For Richard, the true problem of racism is not simply that it exists, but that its roots in American culture are so deep it is doubtful whether these roots can be destroyed without destroying the culture itself. “It might have been that my tardiness in learning to sense white people as "white" people came from the fact that many of my relatives were "white"-looking people. My grandmother, who was white as any "white" person, had never looked "white" to me” (Wright 23).
Common sense seems to dictate that black people are discriminated and unfairly judged. When it comes to the topic of black people’s rights, most of us will readily agree that black people have significantly lower social status and they are experiencing unreasonable accusations. Where this agreement usually ends, however, is on the question of judicial organizations’ behaviors. Both To Kill the Mocking Bird and Black Lives Matter agree that inequality and prejudices among black people is serious enough and needs to be reduced. In the book To Kill the Mockingbird, Harper Lee demonstrated that black people should own their deserved rights and the prejudices against black people needed to be corrected.
Imagery is shown through “a long silver thread of saliva” showing how furious Mrs. Dubose is at Atticus for defending a black man in court. “Niggers and trash” illustrates the evident prejudice in Mrs. Dubose’s harsh words. The prejudice in Mrs. Dubose’s claims demonstrate the effect of a skewed social hierarchy, resulting in whites treating blacks unfairly. Atticus, the father of Jem and Scout, tells Jem about Mrs. Dubose’s, and many others’ racist behavior in the Pre-Civil Rights South, and how it affected the outcome of the trial of Tom Robinson, the black man Atticus was representing. Atticus explains, “‘There’s something in our world that makes men lose their heads--they couldn’t be fair if they tried.
The advantages involve being able to get what you want. One major example of this in the book is the racist prosecuting team of the Ewells and Mr. Gilmer. This team, despite their untruthful ways, are able to sway the jury on Tom Robinson’s case. Atticus, in his closing remarks, says “ In our courts all men are created equal,” and yet the jury, after maybe careful, maybe not careful consideration decide to charge Tom Robinson, an innocent man, with rape. Their racism has power, and they can get what they want.
The deep divide between those of different ethnicities root back to slavery days. Racism is contagious like a flea in the Bubonic plague, an ideology that is nothing more than hate and ignorance. A problem with battling such animosity today is that racism isn’t so blatantly obvious as it once was. It seems as if the only ones that recognize this evil are the ones that allow themselves to see it. We as a people need to recognize our own bigoted views that we have been conditioned to assume are reality.
“Lynching was the most severe and the most common punishment for any trivial offence, even after liberation from slavery. Lynching was enforced on the blacks for “ridiculous charges as standing too close to the street to a white person or being too friendly with a white person” (2012, p. 36). Sakthi and Thangarai (2012) states that, “Discrimination in employment and occupation takes many forms and occurs in all kinds of work settings. It entails treating people differently because of certain characteristics, such as race, color or sex, which results in the impairment of equality of opportunity and treatment. In other words, discrimination results in, and reinforces, inequalities.
Social Injustice is caused by the mistreatment from certain characters to others. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, many characters are being affected by social injustice due to class, race, and gender. Because the story is set in the 1930’s, mistreatment of certain people is a lot more serious than it is nowadays. Though classism, racism, and sexism still occur today, people are not affected by it as much. In the story, Harper Lee portrays these problems in three main characters; Scout Finch, Tom Robinson, and the Ewells/Cunninghams.