Intolerance In To Kill A Mockingbird

1691 Words7 Pages
Intolerance of Society Many tragic events are caused by the world’s inability to accept differences between human beings. This concept is seen throughout the history of the criminal justice system. Conflicts like lynching come as a result of intolerance, and as Betty Smith once said, “Intolerance is a thing that causes war, pogrom, crucifixions, lynchings, and makes people cruel to little children and each other. It is responsible for the most viciousness, violence, terror, and heart and soul breaking the world.” The Criminal Justice System is a huge part of why the south, or even America as a whole, had so many problems with lynching which is exemplified in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The criminal justice system deals with the local and…show more content…
These were called “slave revolts” or “slave insurrections”. Without a doubt, they were more common in the South when the population was made up of forty percent of colored skins. Slave revolts prior to World War II followed a consistent pattern and the majority's cases were often initiated by whites against blacks. They were mainly caused due to the fear that whites had against African Americans who were trying to get jobs that whites had previously held. A movement from blacks was rapidly starting from the south and went to north urban industrial areas. This made the whites fear even more for African American’s taking jobs over whites. “Finally, the riots were often fueled by rumors- allegations of police brutality against blacks or allegation of black violence against whites heightened racial tensions,” (Paulson 650). On March 17, 1886, in Carrollton, Mississippi, an event really showed how whites wanted to punish African Americans who dared to stand up for their rights that been recently given to them. Even whites who showed no concern about the new laws were eventually beaten or killed. Most riots were held during the summer. The most well known race riot in America occurred in East St. Louis, Illinois, in 1917. Four white males drove through areas…show more content…
It directly affects our humanity and our mindset towards others. Harper Lee realizes the topic was a extreme part of history and significant to the world. She uses this as an influence in her book, putting emphasis on the inability of one to regard everyone as equal, especially through racial differences. She wanted get the message across that humans may look different but we are all the same. As an unknown author said, “we bleed the same color,” meaning that while we may not look the same, we all should remain on equal
Open Document