When John Howard Griffin gets a ride from a white hunter, he tells him “I’ll tell you how it is here. We’ll do business with you people. We’ll sure as hell screw your women. Other than that, you’re just completely off the record as far as we’re concerned’” this quote is not showing equally because they only want to profit off African Americans, other than that they do not exist. Progress and change is not something white people value in the novel Black Like Me.
As a result, many whites did not mingle with them, causing them to be separate from the majority of the population (Doc B). This caused them to be viewed as outsiders, which was not good because it further detracted from their reputation and affected them in other areas of life. Also, they were viewed as inferior. The whites in the north abided by this belief (Doc B). In turn, this
In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins. They’re ugly, but those are the facts of life’” (220). No amount of evidence could force a typical white Maycomb citizen to defy the selective version of equality that defines Maycomb life. To grant unauthorized privilege to a black citizen who does not lay claim to treatment equal to a white citizen, let alone superior treatment, is unheard of in the white community. In the narrow minds of the white in Maycomb, such an action would be comparable to
"Secretly, Miss Finch, I 'm not much of a drinker, but you see they could never, never understand that I live like I do because that 's the way I want to live." (Lee 200 par. 11 ) This quote shows that Dolphus thinks that he need to pretend he is a drunk to explain to the rest of the town that that drinking is the reason he is white and he married a black woman and they have kids together. That is just sad that society wouldn’t just accept his decisions of marrying a black woman. During this time period, it was a sin for blacks and whites to have kids together.
Dolphus Raymond was an evil man I accepted his invitation reluctantly” (Lee 203). Since Mr. Dolphus had married with a black woman, he started to drink whiskey really often, it had a really bad influence to the children and the people around him. Mr.Dolphus was not popular in Maycomb, even though he was from a real family and he owned the land on the side of riverbank, there were still a lot of people discriminated him. The reason why i choose this events is not only because the people in Maycomb treated him in a different way but also showed discriminated didn’t really matter about how wealthiness or how high status you were. All in all, Harper Lee told us a lot of things about classism, she used different ways to show the reader what was classism and how serious classism was in the Maycomb and how common it was in different class of the society.
The humane, unbiased characters: Tom Robinson, Scout Finch, and Atticus Finch, are mockingbirds in the greater plan of this book, they don’t harm others and only release good into the world. Tom Robinson is a wrongly convicted and killed African male. Scout Finch is a naive, curious young girl who stands for the ethics. Atticus Finch is a man who is unbiased and tries giving justice equally to all. Chastity is an expressed value that few people have in this literary masterpiece, once you identify the allure of this book you won’t be able to put it
This example shows social inequality because the law was not enforced by everyone, just white men. Black women, black men, and white women had no right back then to be in the jury because they were not seen as equal people to a white man. All in all, Harper Lee gives a great perspective of social inequality in the courts in To Kill a
In The Key Reason Why Racism Remains Alive And Well In Americatalks, by Colbert I. King talks about how some people treat others differently due to their race. King also talks about white student using offending words against African American in this article. King shows that by using this quote “Epithets, chants and derogatory language about African Americans are indicators of an underlying problem within the offending white students, namely an antagonism against blacks based upon feelings of white superiority” (King). This quote also connects back to Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men, and the character Crooks because of his race other workers on the ranch treat him differently.
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.
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.