In society, it is automatically assumed that people want justice, equality, and stride for freedom. Despite that, when a group of people are put together; they turn into a stack of dominos. Although they do not realize it when someone of the higher social class creates a certain stigma against a person or group the rest will eventually follow through despite personally knowing them. It is the act of bias and influence that hinder the sight of many. " Bigotry or prejudice in any form is more than a problem; it is deep-seated evil within our society" (..)
Pg.69). This quote represents the fear that scout shows while trying to hide her femininity. It shows that scout believes that women have a minuscule amount of power, and that she needs to act like a boy for her to even be recognized by Jem as a member of the group. Gender equality is not fully intact, as shown explicitly throughout the novel. Scout is not the only woman who feels the impact of sexism in the novel.
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.
In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, in Maycomb County, there are unfair events that happen to people because of wrong things that others believe in. Since people in Maycomb County believe in those preconceived ideas, some of the characters like Walter Cunningham, the negroes, and Scout don’t get equal rights. Even if it’s the early 1930s, inequality still exists to this day: social, gender, and race/color. In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, readers can see that prejudice and bias creates inequality. One reason why inequality is a central problem in To Kill A Mockingbird is where you stand in the economy.
The racial ignorance seen in To Kill A Mockingbird is similar to the racial ignorance seen today. African Americans are still discriminated against by citizens who are indoctrinated with racist ideals. The racial ignorance in society inspires many African Americans to make the important decision to protest unfair treatment. In brief, the racial ignorance ingrained in society highly influences important decisions made by
Characters such as Atticus' sister Alexandra tend to believe that because of her family and social status she is better than others. She mentions in the novel that she thinks of Walter Cunningham as trash and Scout shouldn't associate with him. Despite the fact that Scout and Jem are young they do have a slight understanding of the clear social differences in their town. Jem mentions "There's four kinds of folks in the world. There’s the ordinary kind like us and the neighbors, the Cunninghams, the Ewells, and the negroes"(Lee chapter 23).
If it weren’t for Armand’s racism, this story would have turned out with a much more positive ending. Because of Armand racist world views, he was unable to be a decent human and take responsibility for the child he conceived with Désirée. His racism causes him to act unkindly towards his wife, child, slaves, and I think to himself now that he knows he himself is part
Institutional discrimination as a term explores both implicit bias and systemic disparities (this is not to say “the system” is wholly at fault. This is a societal issue people of all races need to work to solve.). An example of a character who deals with implicit bias is Scout, who’s racial viewpoints are (unfortunately) not influenced solely by her father’s, but also those of her classmates and others in her town she interacts with. An example of systemic racism in the novel is the handling of Tom Robinson’s case, and how they knew he would be unable to win solely because of his
The Cruelty of Racism Racism is the belief that one race possesses inherent traits that make that particular race superior to other races. In 1900s, black people were treated cruelly, and even got killed because of racism. They were considered inferior to the white race. People used to judge each other based on their skin color, and race. The society used to turn a blind eye to the racial problems.
People are More than a Color People in the world today are often found not to get along, because of different backgrounds of ethnicity. Many people will say they dislike someone because of their personality just to hide that on the inside they really disapprove of their color. Those who conform to such idiotic thoughts based on race are the people that prevent this country from progressing due to their unwillingness to critically think wholeheartedly about significant racial issues, but choose to rely on past false perceptions without understanding the complexities of racial issues.. The story To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee conveys how social inequality, good and evil, and moral education contribute to racial stereotypes.
Harper Lee’s infamous novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, is one that has been revered for decades for its exploration into the world of racial tension and has commonly been used as a juxtaposition to modern society. It is common nature to compare oneself to another, and it is interesting to see how far a society has come from their origins. However, is today’s society really that different from “To Kill a Mockingbird” times? Words such as “racism”, “police brutality”, and “injustice” flood common news stations and social media each and every day. Although America as a whole has made distinct progress since the 1930s, modern society still lacks key components of a united nation that would banish the sense of racial tensions across