For example, at home Scout is talking to Atticus, she worries they will lose the case. Atticus tells her, “No honey… Simply because we are licked a hundred years before we started is no reason to try to win” (Lee 101). Atticus must think if he can defend a black man, maybe others in the community might treat blacks better. For instance, Scout tells Atticus how Cecil Jacobs says he “defends niggers” Atticus replies, “Of course I do” (Lee 99). Atticus took upon defending Tom, a black man, knowing he would not win the case, he knew the harsh things people would throw at him.
Bob Ewell depicts the stereotypical white supremacist, Atticus on the other hand chooses his morals over the society’s expectations. When brought the case of Tom Robinson, an alleged black rapist, any lawyer in Maycomb would’ve immediately denied Tom. Atticus chose to defend him, even though he knew he had no chance of winning. He told Scout that he must argue it to uphold his sense of justice and respect, Atticus knew Tom deserved someone to fight for him. This all ties in with what Atticus told Scout,“Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it.
Prejudice is another kind of conformity that is shown in the book “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Tom Robinson was killed not because he didn’t conform into his own race or society but because he paid the price of another person that didn’t conform which was Mayella Ewell. Atticus was intimidated for defending Tom Robinson because he was a black man which wasn’t accepted to do in the white community. When Calpurnia took the children to the first purchase church she wasn’t conforming because of the fact she didn’t follow the way of coloured society. “Let's go home, Cal, they don't want us here".
An example of this can be found when Ellen wont eat with Starlettas family simply because they are black. But later on in the novel she realizes that racism is wrong. Life advice from the novel ‘A Separate Peace” would be don't let jealousy and envy overtake you, because it can lead to something you will regret in the long run. This example is found when Gene causes Finny to break his leg because he is jealous of Finnys athletic ability. But later on finds out that he ruined Finnys athletic days altogether and ends up regretting it in the long
Jefferson wanted to abolish slavery but when freed they had to be removed from society since slaves took up most of Virginia’s population. In order to have a “disappearance” of an entirely black population Jefferson deported the future generation by shipping infants to Haiti. Jefferson believed deportation was the best solution because blacks and whites couldn’t coexist in America because of the nature of our color and intelligence. Blacks were “inferior” and were not capable of Christian virtue and salvation (Takaki 65). Many African Americans challenged Jefferson with evidence of what they are capable of but Jefferson refused to change his “opinion” (Takaki
Steinbeck implies that man turns against another human for the survival of the fittest; therefore, they do not mind to put another human in a situation that is challenging to survive. People in California perceived Okies as an outsider because they are scared of changes; therefore, they become racist to them so they cannot bring changes in their society. Steinbeck foreshadows the event occur in Birmingham in 1960s because when Martin Luther King was trying to end racisms in Birmingham, the native people fear of ending racism they level King as outsiders so he cannot stop segregation and no one can accept changes. In the document, “Letter from Birmingham Jail” he claims that “anyone who lives inside the U.S can never be considered as an outsider.” King acknowledges that if people live in the U.S. than they are not outsiders because they live inside the U.S; however native people perceived other people as an outsider because they do not want
Muhammed Ali once said, “Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. “In the book A Raisin in the Sun, Beneatha, and Walter, are examples of how race affects the decisions the characters make when this book is examined through race theory First, Walter’s actions are examined through race theory because Walter wanted to open a liquor store while ruth wanted to rent a house in a white neighborhood. But Walter instead took off to Willy Harris when the whole Younger family knew this was a bad idea and Walter gave Willy everything he had and instead of putting that money away and investing it in the liquor store, Willy took off with the money and was never heard of again. When that happened Walter went into a stage where he had no self-respect in himself.
While the slave system of the United States used the “One drop rule” to decide if someone was black, it cannot help but to undermine the concept of whiteness and the idea that white blood is superior. Even though Warwick is successfully performing the role of a white man, there is always the threat overhead that someone will find out that his blood is not “pure.” His sister and mother both live in an area that know them and their background, which is why, despite their “superior” blood, the family is “under the shadow of some cloud which . . . shut them out from the better society of the town” (21).
While still a young slave, Douglass’s master forbids his wife from continuing to teach Douglass the alphabet because it did not align with the common worldview that educated slaves had no value to their masters. Douglass never understood the power of a white man to enslave and demean a black man. However, his master’s passionate claim initiated his pursuit towards freedom as he recalls, “From that
One of the most prominent social biases, both in the 1920’s specifically and throughout American history, is race. In the period after WWI, race tensions were heightening. Tom clearly does not approve of the idea that black people could rise socially and “infiltrate” his world. Even though Tom himself has a mistress, he says, “Nowadays people begin by sneering at family life and family institutions and next they'll throw everything overboard and have intermarriage between black and white.”(Fitzgerald p130) He does not see any problem morally with cheating on his wife, but the idea of interracial marriage is abhorrent to him. Tom also believes that white people - Nordics - have contributed everything good to society.