Aunt Alexandra wants Calpurnia to leave because she thinks she is a bad influence on Scout and is ruining her plan of making Scout more ladylike. “Atticus, it’s all right to be soft-hearted, you’re an easy man, but you have a daughter to think of. A daughter who’s growing up.” (Page 182) Aunt Alexandra in this quote is describing how Atticus is too nice to Calpurnia and is valuing her needs over scout. Atticus and Aunt Alexandra continue the heated the debate as Scout listens over, but finally Atticus makes the final decision of allowing Calpurnia to stay. This section shows the Aunt Alexandra is a racist because she thinks black women are a bad influence to her niece.
The Ox-tail soup is used as a mean of communication of Tita’s memories. After a while her sister’s family moved out, and their child died soon later. When Tita heard the news; she is going crazy, she yells and talk back to her Mama Elena. Mama Elena is so mad of Tita’s disrespect then she whips Tita in the face with a wooden spoon; then broke Tita’s nose. Soon after Tita gets kick out by her Mama, but Dr.John allows Tita live at his house, but Tita condition is bad, Tita loses her memory because of the suffer “after tasting a spoonful of soup that Chencha had made and brought to Dr.John Brown’s house Tita had returned to her senses” (Esquivel 123).
It has been observed before, that society for a long time discriminated against another minority, the blacks on the same basis - that they were different and inferior. The happy little homemaker and the contented "old darkey" on the plantation were both produced by prejudice…”-Shirley Chisholm This means that she feel `uncomfortable that many people don’t accept females and black to do a certain job. In addition, this also proves that she is forthright when it comes to her speeches. Another example comes from Listen a speech from Howard University by Shirley ‘’While nothing is easy for the black man in America, neither is anything impossible. Like old man river, we are moving along and we will continue to move resolutely until our goal of unequivocal equality is attained.
What Mrs. Merriweather doesn't know is that blacks can't just go about their way of life in Maycomb. All these Jim Crows laws prevent them from doing anything equally like the whites. Harper Lee is trying to explain that a lot of whites didn't realize how bad the colored people had it in the South. Therefore, Mrs. Merriweather is a hypocrite because of her opinion about the blacks in the South and blacks in
To Kill a Mockingbird is told from the perspective of Jean-Louise “Scout” Finch, a young girl of Maycomb County. As Scout grows older, she witnesses or is subjected to the harsh realities of life: racism, prejudice, small-mindedness, traditional gender roles and expectations, social hierarchy and the coexistence of good and evil. First-person narration is a technique that effectively enhances how the reader, through Scout’s eyes, learns about those realities. “‘Your father does not know how to teach. You can have a seat now.’ I mumbled that I was sorry and retired mediating upon my crime.” (p.17) is the first example of Scout encountering small-mindedness in the novel.
In the chapter 2 and 3, when Miss Caroline wanted to know why Cunningham didn’t bring his lunch, Scout explained the reason to her but Miss Caroline didn’t care about what she was saying and she even criticized Scout, it made Scout had a really bad emotion. As a matter of fact Scout came to blows with Cunningham for retaliation but Jem stopped her. Jem invited Cunningham to his house to have lunch, when Cunningham wanted to have more syrup, Scout started to
He’s poured it all over---It was then that Calpurnia requested my presence in the kitchen.” (page 29). This shows that not only Scout got in trouble, but also she now understands that not all people like the same stuff or do the same things. To close, Jean-Louis was changed and matured in many ways. Scout changes her perspective of people, resulting in going up against racism and social injustice by the situations she was facing, such as the Tom Robinson’s trial, Cecil Jacobs and the use of the “N” word, and Walter Cunningham’s. Even though this book is old, racism and social injustice still occur today.
hen some people think of the Nigger they commonly visualize a time where there was a very negative connotation to its meaning. They think back on the context of the word in the early 1900’s when it was used to define who African Americans were thought to be (Jones, Pg5). Some may even say that the word is so taboo that it is uncomfortable to be in the same space as someone who uses the word often. The word "nigga" is a wellknown word in the average African American’s vocabulary. While some may find it easy to use this word, they fail to realize that this is a hurtful racial slur indicated to denounce African Americans.
Yet, I believe that it’s not really a color issue, but more of a culture and xenophobia issue. When I visited Puerto Rico for the first time, I was treated differently compared to other darker skinned people with immediate family from Africa. Being a black-Puerto Rican, I was treated like other people in the town, but my friend who had immediate family from South was treated them differently, often to a racist/xenophobic level in some of the smaller towns. It is unfortunate to see that even today there are Puerto Ricans out there who truly believe themselves better than other Puerto Ricans because of their lighter skin color. When I have kids, I will teach as much of the rich history of our family mixed races so that my children are knowledgeable and can make their own choice on to what they identify with.
I disagree with this statement and strongly believe that she was responsible for numerous steps towards eliminating prejudice in America. She fought for equality towards blacks, even more specifically black women (keep in mind that during this time of the 20th century, there was prejudice towards several groups of social minorities). Her decision to sit on the white side of the bus symbolized her courage to risk her freedom for the rights of other blacks, most of which whom she did not know. Even though most people will deny that Rosa Parks had a great effect on the treatment of blacks, I respect that but I personally feel that she had a substantial effect on how African-Americans were treated in the past, as well as how they are treated