Racial bias has long since plagued our country. Ever since our country was founded, there was a divide among our citizens. When the first pilgrims landed in America, African-American were unwillingly enslaved and were stripped basic human rights and seen as property.. The possession of slaves and slave trade has been abolished and America is a diverse melting pot of culture, yet racial bias and discrimination still influences us today. Today African Americans are still being marginalized in our prisons and courts and the outcome is not good.
Because the jury did not favor black men, Tom Robinson did not receive a fair trial, although Atticus made a great case. Segregation directly disobeys the fourteenth amendment, “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.” Maycomb Alabama is where the story, To Kill a Mockingbird takes place. Tom Robinson’s trial out come was not based on factual evidence. Mayella was lying to the jury, while Tom was completely innocent. He could not have done everything that Mayella said he did, due to the fact that he one has one working arm.
Because of white supremacy, unfairness in the courtroom, and the way people are treated because of their skin color, a leading theme of To Kill a Mockingbird is power and corruption. As soon as Tom Robinson enters the courtroom the case is basically over, all because of his skin color. In the 1930’s you could get away with anything against a person of color, as long as you were a white person. "I got somethin ' to say an ' then I ain 't gonna say no more. That nigger yonder took advantage of me an ' if you fine fancy gentlemen don 't wanta do nothin ' about it then you 're all yellow stinkin ' cowards, stinkin ' cowards, the lot of you.
The autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Hanley, is describing how rough, violent, and racist it was during the era Malcolm X was born. They weren’t wanted in the in towns, cities, because they were a different race, the “white people” didn’t respect them, always treating them poorly. Everywhere they go, would be different, they can’t get paid as well as the white people. Different race people were still considered as “slaves” basically. Malcolm X tries to overcome what the white people have thrown at him, by choosing to be on the dark side.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee illustrates how important decisions are influenced by racial ignorance ingrained in a society. Tom Robinson is deemed guilty in a court case where he is evidently innocent. He is accused of raping a white women when in reality the white women tried to kiss Robinson but was caught and decides to cover up her actions by claiming that she was raped (Lee 254-266). Even though the the evidence proves that Tom Robinson is innocent, he is still deemed guilty by the jury because he is black (Lee 282). This illustrates the racial ignorance of
Giving the reader the feelings the characters are feeling at that moment in time. “Why were miggers and whites made? What crime did the uncreated first nigger commit that the curse of birth was decreed for him? And why is this awful difference ,and between white and black?... How hard the nigger’s fate seems, this morning!- yet until last night such a thought never entered my head.”This quote shows that those so called “nigger’s” are upset for the way whites are treated and how differently they are treated.
When it comes to racial profiling people automatically believe that it is harsh and inhuman as well that the victim had nothing to do that caused racial profiling , when it comes to being frisked and detained. In an article written by “National institute of Justice” it stated “What is clear from the research is that race is a consistent predictor of attitudes toward the police. Hence, some researchers argue that what happens during the stop is as important as the reason for it”. when it comes to law enforcement people always blame the police officer for taken a little more action on detaining someone. What people don 't know is why that officer took that extra action to the person being detained.
Skin color should have nothing to do with the jury’s decision or Mayellas decision. Mayella is embarrassed by the fact of being beaten by her father. Everyone in Maycomb or in the court room Bob Ewell beat his daughter. They all know that Tom Robinson is an innocent man being blamed for something he had never committed. In To Kill A Mockingbird they make it a struggle for the jury to choose the right decision of who’s guilty and innocent, or the skin color in which they like or dislike.
From this quote it shows how Atticus (the lawyer defending Tom) points out how the evidence is inconclusive and how a white man would not be charged with this type of crime with the evidence given. This example clearly shows the theme of “marginalisation and how it effects a person”, because it shows how one person (Tom Robinsons) is being convicted because they are different and he has no power in society. The jury that convicted Tom Robinson is made up of white Europeans that hold the supreme power in society because of the colour of their skin. In this scenario, they are considered the “main stream”. To add to this it also shows how it the marginalization has had an impact on Tom Robinson’s life through by him being shot for something he didn’t do.
Racism has always existed with humans. Racism is treating someone differently of unfairly simply because they belong to a different ethnic community of have a different religion or nationality. When someone believes their race is better than another and feels superior ro other people because of his of her race, is called racism. Throughout time, many people have lost their lives, or lost their families and children, and are left without homes due to racism. Racism causes wars, which could destroy humanity ultimately.
Racism and segregation has a mass history in the United States which impacted our society greatly. There were many riots, boycotts, and strikes which occurred throughout the 1900’s. Many people simply wanted peace and to bring everyone together no matter what race or color and others wanted to be separated from people with a different skin color and race. Whites and blacks were being separated from bathrooms and even restaurants. This resulted in conflict between our society which left many killed and injured.
When the jury pronounce Tom guilty, Jem is exasperated and “his hands were white from gripping the balcony rail, and his shoulder jerked as if each ‘guilty’ was a separate stab between them,” (282). Even though “rape is capital offense in Alabama,” (293) meaning the prosecuted will be sentenced to death, the children could not believe the jury has sentenced a guiltless man to death. According to Atticus, it is a sad truth that an accused African-American has never won a court case and “when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins,” (295). Although it is a sad truth, Atticus believes
Because people complained of these mishaps occurring during the war, the government began raising concerns about the controversies involved with the draft. Being selected to join the military became an annoyance to many rather than an honor, and more people protested the draft. Since people from rich, educated families were able to avoid the draft, and those who were poor began to protest it, it began to become ineffective. Another instance of the draft evolving due to people was complaints associated with the draft selections. Shown in the encyclopedia of the Vietnam War, “ The vast majority of draftees were poor, undereducated, and urban—blue-collar workers or unemployed.
I get so sick and tired of the double standards when it comes to racism. If this where a White guy inciting violence against Blacks and the United States Government. He get called a racist, lose his job and have hundreds of people protesting in his community. But when a black guy does it people tend to look the other way. For the record I don 't think racism is okay whether it 's White or blacks doing
In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Lee uses discrimination and injustice to tell us readers that you shouldn 't judge others by the way they live life or their actions because you can always be wrong. In the story many people are being discriminated because of their race , gender and even age. During the book we have many examples of discrimination especially in the case with Tom Robinson. We have many examples of how many people used to and still discriminate African Americans. In Mayella Ewell’s case we see many examples of discrimination because Bob Ewell made up a whole story that Tom Robinson raped when it clearly wasn’t true.