Racial Superiority In To Kill A Mockingbird

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The moment Atticus is appointed to be the defender of Tom Robinson, he knows that if he really takes on this role of a defender, Maycomb’s society is going to ostracize him. Defending a black male who is accused of having raped a white woman is not only Alabama in the 1930s a capital offense in Alabama in the 1930s, but lands him in difficulties as he and his kids have to face hostility in Maycomb. A classmate tells Scout that “my folks say your daddy was a disgrace an’ that nigger oughta hand from the water-tank!” (Lee 87). She discovers what Maycomb’s population thinks of her father. Since Atticus takes on the duty of defending Tom Robinson, he is called a “nigger-lover” (Lee 117) and told that he is no better “than the trash he works for” (Lee 117), Those words show the attitude of many whites during the 1930s towards their fellow black…show more content…
They did not respect them, neither did they feel the need to treat them in a civilized way, as there were considered scum of the populace. Again, through these words, the idea of white superiority becomes explicitly visible. The main problem for Maycomb’s population is that Atticus “aims to defend him” (Lee 186). Atticus is one who challenges the racial bias and animus of his community in Maycomb. He was “born and bred” (Lee 5) and “related by blood or marriage to nearly every family in the town” (Lee 5) he can afford to offend Maycomb’s people, nevertheless, he will be reelected to the state legislature as every year. Atticus knows what he is getting into by taking on this case, and he knows that he cannot win against the racial animus. As a result, the social fabric in which the trial will take place, illustrates the typical class stratification in which racism and
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