Although the dilemma of social injustice has always existed, the Great Depression had further divided people from one another. During the Great Depression, most native-born white Americans suffered greatly, but many of America’s most visible racial minorities suffered the most. African Americans and other races not only experienced greater hardships than whites, the most able-bodied among them were competing for far fewer jobs, because of their race (Williams 789). No matter how hard African Americans and other races worked, they were guaranteed no higher position than the whites, because of the social inequity that disunified everyone. Even though there were relief programs designed for different colored Americans, they still maintained pay differentials, racial employment systems, and other forms of discriminations, which shows social injustice during the Great Depression (Williams 790).
Racism, or hating another person simply because of the color of their skin, is wrong. It has been a problem in our country a very long time. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Bob Ewell, a white man, accused Tom Robinson, a black man, of raping his daughter. Because Tom was black, and the people in Maycomb, Ala., were racists, Tom did not have a chance of getting a fair trial. I strongly disagree with Bob Ewell and his racist ways.
Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird famously said in his closing arguments: "You know the truth, and the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some negro men are not to be trusted around women- black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and no particular race of men." (pg 232) What Atticus is trying to convey is a foreign concept to most people in Maycomb county. Atticus is trying to convey a point of equality and no prejudice in a world of social inequality which, as one can imagine, didn 't go over so well.
When Scout wonders about the hypocrisy that goes hand in hand with intolerance, strikes up a conversation with an angry mob, and attacks anyone who insults her father, she portrays innocence. Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout continuously wonders why there is such an apparent double standard surrounding prejudice. Despite the citizens of Maycomb looking down on the Ewells, when the family accuses a black man of a crime against their daughter, all discrimination the Ewells faced is pushed onto the said man. After going to church with Calpurnia and learning that
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a book about the racial tensions and segregation that arose in the 1930’s. The general storyline is about the main characters, Scout and Jem. At the start of the story, Jem and Scout were always discriminating against other characters, especially Boo Radley. The town was split in half due to racial segregation and Atticus Finch, their father, was a lawyer who doesn’t care who he’s representing because he’s a man of integrity and decency. Scout and Jem eventually mature and start to understand the dangers of discrimination after they see that Boo Radley is just a human and not the person that they all made him into.
Jan Lopez Mrs. Herrick English 2 Honors Pd 4 16 January 2018 To Kill a Mockingbird: Essay #1 Throughout history, an individual’s status in society would have been determined by one’s affluence. Discrimination based on one’s level of wealth are one of the fundamental values acknowledged in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. The novel resides amidst the prevalence of segregation and economic declination of the American Great Depression, thus instituting a difficulty in one’s survivability.
To Kill a Mockingbird is an inspiring tale exploring an abundance of flaws in humanity and giving insight into the worst kind of people we can be. The novel covers many controversial topics, such as rampant racism, prejudice, and hypocrisy. The story follows Jem and Scout Finch, the children of Atticus Finch, a lawyer appointed to defend a black man, Tom Robinson, who has been accused of raping a white woman in 1930’s Maycomb, Alabama. This forces Atticus to deal with the stress and judgment of defending Tom in a society where no one wants to side with him, while Jem and Scout face a similar judgment for being Atticus’ children. Lee uses this setting to paint an extremely vivid picture of prejudice, which shows just how profound their effects can be.
The language is saturated with the social and cultural panic of corruption of “pure” white blood in a racially prejudiced society. Hellen Lynn Sugarman contends that the town’s aggressive response to Joe is the result of “the murkiness of their own social positions” (96). In so far as Joe cannot state his racial identity in clear-cut terms, the townspeople cannot tell for sure in what way they know “what anyone’s identity is” (Sugarman
Racism deflects the interpersonal relationships because every race exalts their own and looks down on other races. Othello is one of the fascinating literature work by Shakespeare that describes the evident of racism in societies, its destructive effects on society and people’s attitudes. The tragedy in Othello may seem to be as a result of jealousy but deep inside, it is a tragedy rooted deeply in racial conflict. This play was written in a time when the minorities were less important and could easily be ignored by the majority race: it was almost impossible for a black man to hold a higher rank in the society and earning respect from the white people. This paper will discuss the theme of racism in Othello, show its effects on society and specific characters like Othello who felt the impact of prejudice.
This also exemplifies how the white man as so flustered because no one had ever shown that kind of “disrespect” to a white man, remember she did this by just saying one word… No. You can also see an example of bias in the education system towards white people. “Arkansas governor Orval Faubus mobilized the national guard to prevent the Little Rock Nine from entering the school”(Little Rock, Source B). This shows The government and school systems refused to promote a peaceful accepting environment they purposely threw wood to the fire.
In To Kill a Mockingbird they also had no respect. They had to buy a church and only go to that church no others. They were made fun of, not tried like everyone else, and called the N-word. Also, Maycomb did not believe Tom Robinson, and since he was black they said he was guilty. “You just hold your head high and keep those fists down.
Furthermore, it is undeniable that all people have stereotypes in their mind even they may even not noticed that, and the white people weren’t willing to touch and even associate with them because they just felt the blacks are racially inferior. Therefore, I think Twyla and her mom are
of respect for African American holy worship; a sacrosanct place they treat with deference is used for sinful gambling by whites. The African Americans were immediately taken aback when they saw Jem and Jean Louise enter the church, as they are unaccustomed to seeing whites at their all-black church. One African American woman even goes to say that “ [Calpurnia] ain’t got no business bringin white chillun here- they got their church, we got our’n.” This viewpoint is clearly a product of race segregation and demonstrates how irrevokably shocking it was, during that time period, for two white children to enter an African-American church.
Both past and present societies are overshadowed by years of injustice and prejudice. People are often judged, criticized, or have their futures affected by the biased social norms that continue to linger in society today. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird displays and brings up a series of arguments that, although the literature was written more than fifty years ago, are still applicable to the present day, with some of those arguments being about the effects of an individual’s socioeconomic status in an arraigning community. Lee’s arguments on socioeconomic class suffice to say that, on most occasions, citizens who grow up and are naturally born with educational advantages are already at the top of the social hierarchy, while others believe that that kind of status becomes irrelevant when one’s morality is taken into account.
To Kill A Mockingbird a novel written by Harper Lee, general setting in Maycomb Alabama 1930’s. The Author uses language techniques throughout the book portraying social inequality. This was mainly focused on the character Tom Robinson , there was talk about other black characters like calpurnia. However wasn’t involved intentionally in the book , but however was treated unfairly by a certain person. Aunt Alexandra a considered high class citizen of maycomb treats calpurnia like she is their maid.