One of the women, Mrs. Merriweather, has plenty to say. First, she worships J. Grimes Everett for helping the Mrunas, a group of non-Christians “crawling with yaws and earworms,” (305), because “‘not a white person’ll go near ‘em but that saintly J. Grimes Everett.’” (309). Yet Mrs. Merriweather, while sitting in his house and eating his food, indirectly calls Atticus “good but misguided,” (311), denouncing his participation in the Robinson case to an annoyance that stirs up the black community and causes her help, Sophy, to be “‘a sulky darky,’” (310). Mrs. Merriweather is the epitome of a hypocrite; she acts as though she is superior to the rest of the world because she is a Christian who demands donations to help the Mrunas, yet she is incapable of batting an eyelash at the poverty-stricken blacks in her own
In this section I will however only address the centrality of racism and white supremacy as theme of CRT in the context of the book. Racism Charles Lawrence asserts that American racism is prevalent and is unconscious .After Mr Radley fired his gun, the neighbors assumed that “Mr Radley shot a Negro in his collard patch.” They made this conclusion without solid proof that it was indeed a black man. Racial prejudice runs so deep that even the children have come accustomed to it. Scout was teased by her classmate and cousin Francis because Atticus was defending a black man. Although Calpurnia has been useful to the Finch family, Aunt Alexandra refuses Scout to visit Calpurnia and incites Atticus to fire her because she is black.
Although in To Kill a Mockingbird the foremost focus is racism against black people, there are some scenarios in which the Negroes have prejudice notions against white people. When Calpurnia brought Scout and Jem to her church they were not welcomed at first. In this quote Lula is saying white children are not welcome in the black church. In the novel Harper Lee writes,“You ain’t got no business bringin’ white chillun here— they got their church, we got our’n. It is our church, ain’t it, Miss Cal?” (158).
It is our church, ain’t it Miss Cal?’” (Lee 158), and this quote is an example of situation irony because in this time period we expect whites to be racist to African-Americans, but in this quote it’s the other way around. The theme is supported in this because when the people of the church tell them that they don’t belong at the church, it’s like a slap to the face. It brings Jem and Scout to the harsh reality that they’re very segregated and that in situations like this they’re going to be treated like adults, regardless of the fact that they’re still both young. Childhood innocence is lost here because Scout and Jem are going to be treated like adults in events like these, and that no matter what they’ve done, they’re going to be treated like white adults that have treated these African-Americans poorly because of segregation during this time period. These are three examples of irony that support the theme in Chapter 12 of To Kill a Mockingbird, which is that Scout and Jem are losing their innocence from childhood, and that soon they both have to start growing
Removing Henrietta’s cells without her consent seems to be a very rare scenario and this can tell how the medical community mistreats the Black Americans. A woman of black America origin, Rebecca Skloot managed to surface other different stories of maltreatment directed to the African American community. Blacks in America were taken as people with unequal rights even in a situation like this that talked about right to life. She explained horrific experiences on experimentation of African Americans, stories that were enhanced by fear seen in Henrietta’s relatives refusing to visit hospitals even for necessary treatment. In this regard, the paper will give a response to the immortal life of Henrietta Lacks.
She sometimes doesn’t even want her cooking the food for her little parties she has. This is a sign that Aunt Alexandra is somewhat racist and prejudice. Another example of racism and prejudice is when Calpurnia took the white children to her black church. Once they had arrived all of the black people were staring at the little white children. They try to enter the church but are confronted by a black woman who disagrees that the white children should be there.
How “The Secret Life of Bees” and Real Life Lily in “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd is a big social change in the society of their time, she did not find black people as being less of a human being. “Then he saw Rosaleen and started to rub the bald space on his head with such agitation I thought he might rub down to the bone”(Sue Monk Kidd page 30). 1964 in the United States, racism toward the black community was still very present, especially in the South, which is where Lily and her African American friend Rosaleen lived. For something as simple as walking into a prominently white church blacks were looked down upon and sometimes forced out, but Lily brought Rosaleen in like she was no different than herself. “So you’ve been here the whole time, staying with colored women”(Sue Monk Kidd page 291).
In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee writes in that whites have their own church and the blacks have their own, and blacks have to sit in the balcony in the courtroom. Also, Bob Ewell and others like him thought blacks were incompetent and stupid, and that they aren’t as intelligent as whites. This connects to the real world by how, in the real world, public areas were segregated, such as schools or bus/train stations, often times with the “colored only” areas in worse condition than the “white only” areas. Also, people and groups like the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) discriminated, killed, or threatened to kill blacks and people who stood for them like civil workers. Overall, the racial bias of whites toward blacks by how they are segregated and how whites abused blacks in To Kill A Mockingbird relates to the American South at the
Another difference is that racism affected women and men, but gender inequality only affected the women. An example would be Mayella Ewell. "White people wouldn't have anything to do with her because she lived among pigs; Negroes wouldn't have anything to do with her because she was white"(Lee, 192). Therefore, she was discriminated against, more than women usually were. People felt sad for her because her father beat her up, but, the citizens of Maycomb don’t feel bad because she came onto a black
She let’s this belief of hers show through in Their Eyes Were Watching God by illustrating abuse among the black community to each other. For instance Mrs. Turner’s racism towards black men and women that were “too dark.”When somebody talked mah husband intuh comin’ down heah tuh open up uh eatin’ place Ah never dreamt so many different kins uh black folks could colleck in one
In chapter 12 when Calpurnia was stopped for bringing white children into the church, suggesting that there is equal ignorance and racism from blacks to white as there is whites to blacks. Rather they are only stopped by one women making me assume the other blacks in town are more civilized and non-racist towards the whites and choose to conform to their norm. Since Lula is the only one to stand against the white children entering their church this suggest that she is ignorant and rude toward the Finches, since it was her way of getting revenge for all the racism that she had received by other
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.