Arguably the main theme of to kill a mockingbird is social prejudice and its detrimental effects. The author Harper Lee explores all types of social prejudice, most dramatically in the form of racism with Tom Robinson's trial. However, racism is only one aspect of the issue. Prejudice is shown to be pervasive and wide-ranging, certainly in a cramped, conservative little town like Maycomb. Society in this town is rigidly divided along lines of race, class and gender.
Characters Racism “I’m simply defending a negro; his name is Tom Robinson.” Atticus informs Scout and Jem’s life of alternating task of standing up to the prejudice and racism in the town of Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930’s. Prejudice in this novel is expressed or represented by disgust and misinterpretation because of the difference of people skin color. Racism is made known by the whites in the town of Maycomb in opposition to the African Americans. The case of Tom Robinson, a black man serve as a crucial and greatly expected moment in the story. Tom Robinson is accountable and he is accused of raping and sexually assaulting Mayella Ewell.
The essay often discusses how bad things were in the south, which made me think about my family history, coming from a small town in the southeast corner of Tennessee. The essay also talks of lynching and “vigilante justice”, which can be very easily connected to “To Kill a Mockingbird”. In “To Kill a Mockingbird”, there is an attempted lynching of Tom Robinson, on the sole basis of his race. The essay also discussed law enforcement branding black men as rapist, much like the brute stereotype in “Ethnic Notions”, and our need to protect white women from black men. I found this extremely hypocritical, as most interracial relationships were between a white man, and a black woman, and were not consensual.
In the 1930’s many African-American people were constantly dealing with the racism of that time. People were getting lynched with no involvement of the government and segregation was common throughout the country. America was in one of it’s darkest times. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper lee, the case of Tom Robinson was unjust and a representation of many flaws in the system of justice. In Maycomb, Alabama its judicial system is flawed, due to the way it was constructed.
Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird has many examples of prejudice. The prejudice presented is against people such as Tom Robinson, Atticus Finch, and Boo Radley. Each is discriminated against either because of the color of their skin, who they represent in court, or just how much they isolate themselves from the town. Harper Lee’s stance on racial prejudice is that it is a foolish practice, no matter who does it. Prejudice is a very large part of To Kill a Mockingbird.
Braxton Underwood was one of the many who despised the Negroes. According to Atticus, “‘ Braxton... despises Negroes, won’t have one near him’” (Lee 178). This disease, racism, is spreading through Maycomb. During, the trial Atticus said a very powerful speech about the evil assumption about Negroes. “ The 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 232).
The Effects of Racism in To Kill a Mocking Bird As illustrated in the novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird” written by Harper Lee, racism effects the way that people treat others and victimizes them depending on their skin color that can lead to false accusations, irrationality, and poverties. As the town of Maycomb already has hardships, racism makes it harder for the people there to live and function correctly. Three main characters in this writing that are negatively affected by racism are Tom Robinson, Atticus, and Lula. The most obvious victim of racism in this story is Tom Robinson. He is a black hardworking man that is falsely accused of raping Mayella Ewell, Bob Ewell’s daughter.
Common sense seems to dictate that black people are discriminated and unfairly judged. When it comes to the topic of black people’s rights, most of us will readily agree that black people have significantly lower social status and they are experiencing unreasonable accusations. Where this agreement usually ends, however, is on the question of judicial organizations’ behaviors. Both To Kill the Mocking Bird and Black Lives Matter agree that inequality and prejudices among black people is serious enough and needs to be reduced. In the book To Kill the Mockingbird, Harper Lee demonstrated that black people should own their deserved rights and the prejudices against black people needed to be corrected.
With affordable and easier adoption processes, more children will have lovely adopted parents more quickly. There is a significantly higher amount of ethnic, or non-white, children that need to be adopted. This creates a win-win situation for both the parents and the child because the child can be placed with their new family much faster. Whites who understand the significance of race, and who are otherwise qualified, should be permitted to adopt black children (Maxwell). If a white family is willing to learn and understand what it means to be a certain race, then they should be allowed to adopt black children.
Lincoln also brings to surface the most natural difference mankind has ever known: race. It's a hard thing to deny especially when we learn about slavery based on skin color, and use words that negatively describe a person of a certain race. The sickening, but true fact is that people are judged, and receive unequal treatment based on what color they see when they look into the mirror. Even though we have no control over what color we see, America has faced this racist mind set since its existence. From slavery, to African American segregation in the and 60’s, skin color has caused people to be treated unfairly, all because of the choices nature has made for us.