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
Many people in the South believed that African Americans were not as good as white people. They believed that African Americans lied and were not to be trusted. Atticus states in To Kill a Mockingbird, “you gentlemen would go along with them on the assumption--the evil assumption--that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral beings, that all Negro men are not to be trusted around our women.” (Lee, 208) People thinking negative about African Americans like that could have easily affected the way Lee thought of African Americans.
Tom is an African American man in the small town that was accused of raping a white woman. He was accused of this crime by Mayella Ewell who comes from a family that faces prejudice themselves by the rest of the town because they are viewed as “trash” themselves. Since Tom is black, he is automatically viewed by the town as guilty. Tom is viewed as trash by the people of Maycomb, particularly Mrs. Dubose. In Chapter 11, Mrs. Dubose tells Jem and Scout that their “father’s no better than the niggers and trash he works for!”
I found it particularly disgusting when the L.A. police chief tried to blame the deaths of black men on their anatomy, and how if they were normal they would’ve been fine. This essay was very eye opening for me, and will change the way I look at law enforcement, and even my own family
Through the events of history, blacks and whites were lynched, but blacks were primarily victims of lynching. On page 606, ‘Calling Nooses What They Are – Terrorism’ George Curry makes a history reference, stating: “Statistics compiled by the NAACP in 1921, the 3,224 lynching’s in the U.S between 1889 – 1918, 2,522 were of black people.” This shows that a small percentile of white men, were lynched compared to black men. This is a prime example, of a hate crime, which was directed towards black people, based on hatred and racism.
Can you imagine yourself in a situation where people treat you like trash because of your skin color. In Harper Lee’s novel, To kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch is a white lawyer who has two children named Scout and Jem. Atticus has to defend an innocent man named Tom Robinson, who was accused on a crime he didn’t commit and was killed because of his skin color. Atticus is facing many problems such as racism because Tom Robinson is a colored person. The most important thing in To kill a Mockingbird is Injustice, Love and Sacrifice, and Power of words.
Over the existence of the United States, blacks have had to face oppression due to the prejudices views held against this. America views every black person as the same and judges them based on the actions of others. It is for this reason that all blacks are judged based on the book of a cover without being able to show the world who they really are. As Norman Podhoretz stated in his Essay “My Negro Problem - and Ours,” “growing up in terror of black males; they were tougher than we were, more ruthless...”
“Racism is the belief that characteristics and abilities can be attributed to people simply on the basis of their race and that some racial groups are superior to others. “(Shah, Racism) Throughout the years, cops have been taking their protection to caution to the point where people are stopped unnecessarily because of their race. Racism affects all of us. Furthermore, at least, been impacted from any sort of racism, but mostly young adults aged from 13-17. These problems occur from people spreading hate and typical stereotypes.
To Kill a Mocking Bird was a genius creation, written by Harper Lee, in this amazing novel she shows how prejudice and bias affected people on the daily basis in the small town of Maycomb in the early 1930s. During that time African Americans were mistreated because of the heavy prejudice against their skin color. The prejudice created by ignorant people in power who did not want toa see the world in someone else’s eyes, if people would just put themselves in African American shoes they would understand their mistakes and fix the problem. When people do not fully understand others they are creating prejudice and bias against them. Some interactions between whites and black were strictly forbidden by the society.
Person vs society Society is biased against Atticus Finch, Tom Robinson and Dolphus Raymond. Atticus is judged and criticized for defending a black man while Tom Robinson is hated for being accused of raping a white woman and Dolphus Raymond is judged for the way he acts drunk as he hangs out with the Black Community.
Since the beginning of time, African-Americans have been seen as inferior, incapable, and inhumane. After the Civil Rights Movement, the issue of racism was broadcasted internationally, and people globally saw how African-Americans were treated due to the color of their skin. Once the movement was over; African-Americans would have another issue to tackle; societal advancement. History books suggest that racism was finally over after the Civil Rights Movement, but racial bias is still embedded in white society. Racism may not be as harsh, or publically displayed, but African-Americans are not advancing at the same rates as whites.
To Kill a Mockingbird Racism goes on anywhere whether it’s through the media, the real world, or it even comes out from your mouth on accident. In the novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, by Harper Lee racism is a major conflict among the people in Maycomb. Their biggest disease was the racism among each other, and all the injustice. Throughout the story, colored people are treated and considered less than a white person. This novel continues as where two siblings, Scout and Jem grow and learn from the real world.