Theme Of Racism In A Lesson Before Dying

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“Racism is the belief that a particular race is superior or inferior to another, that a person’s social and moral traits are predetermined by his or her inborn biological characteristics. Racial separatism is the belief, most of the time based on racism, that different races should remain segregated and apart from one another.” (What is Racism?). The struggle for human rights remains unsolved for centuries. Racism and gender differences are causes of human rights violation. They happen everywhere. Asians, Africans, Americans, Europeans, and other islanders are victims of racism and sexism. Humans judge each other using external factors, like skin color, custom, knowledge, language, place of birth, and more factors. Wars, slavery, the formation of nations and legal codes made humans judgmental. One question arises, what are human rights violation examples can we see in the novel? A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J.Gaines is “an instant classic, a book that will be read, discussed and taught beyond the rest of our lives” (Chicago Tribune). This book tells a story of a young Black African named Jefferson, who is convicted of robbery and first degree murder. Later, he is put to death by the electrocution. The story begins with Jefferson’s statement, “I was not there” when he is brought to court (Ernest, 1). The story continues describing the court’s scene of a godmother, large women, an attorney, a lawyer, and the juries. Arguments, questions, and answers went all over the place

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