Dolphus Raymond Discrimination

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There are some things in this world that have been around throughout history, cause an unfair, negative effect on others, and are easy to give into but difficult to pull out of. Prejudice is one of those things. It is a disease that people naturally succumb to without thinking, and it leads to isolation and bias against the prejudiced. Racial prejudice has been prominent through American history, typically towards African Americans, and although people are now trying to extinguish it, prejudice can never be truly eradicated. In the 1900s, Jim Crow laws and other discrimination against people of color caused those people to not have a fair chance of life, and be separated from the society of white people. Another common victim group for prejudice…show more content…
“[Mr. Raymond] likes [people of color] better’n he likes us… Lives by himself way down near the county line. He’s got a colored woman and all sorts of mixed chillun” (Lee 183). The day of the court trial, “The Negroes sat quietly in the sun… Mr Dolphus Raymond sat with them…drinking out of a sack” (Lee 182). Mr. Raymond’s unusual preferences are assumed by most people in the town to be the effects of him being drunk, as he is usually seen drinking from the paper sack. However, the sack is secretly full of “nothing but Coca-Cola” (Lee 227), and he is only pretending to drink alcohol. When asked by Scout why he does this, Mr. Raymond responds, “Why do I pretend? Well, it’s very simple. Some folks don’t like the way I live. Now I could say the hell with ‘em, I don’t care if they don’t like it. I do say I don’t care if they don’t like it, right though- but I don’t say the hell with em, see?” (Lee 228) Basically, the prejudiced, racist town can never be able to accept Mr. Raymond for preferring the company of people of color, so although he is aware of and disapproves of the prejudice and racism, he knows he cannot change anything and will only make the situation worse if he exposes his true nature. Mr. Raymond then further establishes this fact: “It ain’t honest but it’s mighty helpful to folks. Secretly, Miss Finch, I’m not much of a drinker, but you see they could never, never understand that I live like I do because that’s the way I want to live” (Lee 228). Finally, he comments on the extreme racism of the town: “You haven’t even seen this town, but all you gotta do is step back inside the courthouse” (Lee
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