Racial injustice in To Kill a Mockingbird was malevolent due to the executing of a black man with false evidence, but today the racial injustice appears to be eliminated although it still exists. Today the legal system will not tolerate the racism like it is in the book To Kill a Mockingbird. Racism is normal in Maycomb county some support it and others are against, the Finches are high in society, although they still respect the blacks. Racial injustice throughout the book is a big factor with Calpurnia as a maid, And Atticus defending Tom Robinson, but less of a factor for everyday life in modern times. In the novel, Scout and Jem are looked after by Calpurnia, their black housekeeper. Although Scout has her differences with Calpurnia, Calpurnia …show more content…
In To Kill a Mockingbird the racial injustice was not fair to Tom Robinson because of the bias of blacks and whites in the past. Most of the characters in the jury in the book were favoring of whites than blacks. It was clear in the book that Bob Ewell had raped and beat his daughter Mayella Ewell, but the Racist jury took sides with Bob Ewell. Due to this unfair decision of the jury, Tom Robinson had tried to escape for his imminent execution and was shot dead. Today in the legal system all of this could have been avoided if racism is the courtroom was eliminated. Today in the courtroom racism will not be tolerated. Everyone is created equal, this also goes into effect in the courtroom as well. Racism has come a long way from the 1960s to 2016, although racism still occurs in parts of the world we have done our best to eliminate it in the …show more content…
Their respect by lots of maycomb county and economical standing has not come in the way of their respect for the black society. A normal attorney would turn down an opportunity to defend black person if they were appointed by the judge, although Atticus did not turn down this even though he knows he was going to lose the case. Atticus respects all blacks and he believes that all men are created equal. This is why he has a black woman as a maid and why he defended a black man in court. Also Scout was told that Atticus was defending a nigger and Scout fought Cecil Jacobs for saying this, and after Scout informs Atticus about this he tells her to not say nigger because it is disrespectful. Even after his failure to prove Tom’s innocence the black people still respect him by standing up for him when he leaves the courtroom and bringing him food goods for his family afterward. Atticus, as well as the rest of his family, respects blacks no matter what other people think and the blacks respect them back. Racial injustice in the book is not fair to Tom nor any of the blacks. Although this racism still occurred, it resulted in the death of Tom Robinson. Racial injustice was normal in maycomb, but Atticus did not allow it in his house. Atticus respected the blacks and the blacks respected Atticus back. Racial injustice was malevolent in the book due to many harsh racial actions done by many racist
During 1960 when this book was written racism was still a thing if you were black you would be discriminated. Tom Robinson was accused of raping and beating a white women Mayella Ewell. He is put on trial and Atticus has taken action and defend him, but he knew that Tom Robinson would have a slim chance of winning because of the jury. The Jury had racial views against Tom Robinson. “The jury couldn’t possibly be expected to take Tom Robinson’s against the Ewells”(Chapter 9).
In this novel, there are some parts that show racism. Atticus is the best lawyer in Maycomb. In chapter 9, he started to defends Tom Robinson. All the people in Maycomb disagree about defending Tom, Negro men. However, he believes Tom Robinson and Atticus work hard to defend him.
This behaviour is deemed as natural, and few people question the roles put in place, this is truly terrifying so we are lead to wonder if what we accept as normal is perhaps corrupt instead. Race is the dominant cause of inequality in To Kill A Mockingbird, thus Maycomb’s views on race heavily influence every aspect of life. Although racial inequality is clearly illustrated in the in the injustice, prejudice, discrimination and antagonism surrounding the Tom Robinson trial, it is also shown more subtly throughout the novel. In Chapter 25 Atticus Finch is quoted disclosing that the corrupt justice system is a direct cause of a racist society. “In our courts, when it 's a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins” (Lee, 295).
Though people are fond of Atticus himself, his decision to aim for Tom Robinson’s justice causes discomfort, “ ‘Lemme tell you somethin’ now, Billy’ a third said, ‘you know the court appointed him to defend this nigger.’ ‘Yeah, but Atticus aims to defend him. That’s what I don’t like about it” (186). The quote exposes that everyone understand the fact that he is assigned to the case but do not understand as to why he is so intent on proving a black man’s innocence. Since Atticus exceedingly expresses his thought on Tim’s innocence and involves so much of himself in the case with a black person, he obtains negative feedback and gets called a nigger-lover.
Racism means hate towards another race and injustice mean unfair treatment, according to learner 's dictionary. In Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, an African american lawyer, was helping people get justice for the colored community. Another book similar to Just Mercy is, To Kill a Mockingbird, which made in 1960 was written by Harper Lee. Harper Lee addressed many issues about racial injustice too. Just Mercy was written in 2014,
Racial Inequality and Prejudice: Segregation meant that black and white people were treated differently, leading to unfairness and bias. In Maycomb, this division is evident as black people faced unfair treatment and fewer opportunities and were kept apart from white people. This unfair situation forms the basis for the main themes of racial injustice and prejudice explored in the novel. Tom Robinson's The impact of segregation in "To Kill a Mockingbird" is most noticed during Tom Robinson's trial.
Leading up to the Civil Rights Movement, the black community was in a constant battle against law enforcement treating them unfair compared to the white community. The Scottsboro Boys and Emmett Till’s cases were one of the many times that the legal system showed to be unfair to blacks. In the book To Kill A Mockingbird, the law enforcement and community were very racist against blacks and believed all blacks were criminals. In the story, Atticus Finch, who is a lawyer gets put into a very difficult situation and decides to defend a black man, who went by the name of Tom Robinson.
Atticus fears that "There's something in our world that makes men lose their heads—they couldn't be fair if they tried. In our courts, when it's a white man's word against a black man's, the white man always wins” (Page 224) Atticus confirmed that Maycomb won’t have a just system due to white men’s words to black men. This would only make Maycomb welcoming to white people and unwelcoming for black people. Maycomb is unwelcoming and unjust for the prejudice view for black
Furthermore he defends a black man in court. At the time (and maybe still even now) Maycomb, Alabama, is from our perspective a really racist county, and in this culture it takes a lot of courage to go against the tide and not to judge a black man merely of his skin colour or origin, but instead to put his worries before ones own. Most people in Maycomb, who believe black Tom Robinson is innocent, also believe that there is no chance of winning the case and they lack the courage to risk getting a bad reputation with nothing to gain from it. Atticus is probably the only one whose moral views forbid him to look
“Now don’t you be so confident, Mr. Jem, I ain’t ever seen any jury decide in favor of a colored man over a white man…” (Lee 179). This quote from Reverend Sykes in To Kill a Mockingbird is a sort of summary of how and why Tom Robinson was wrongly convicted guilty. It also gives a lot of insight on race relations in this time period. Unfortunately, racism has yet to leave society.
Prejudice towards race has changed very little from back then to now. One of the many ways prejudice towards race has not change is court fairness. In the book there is unfairness in court which can also found it today. From To Kill A Mockingbird, After getting home from the court case, Jem is upset “What, son?
That’s one part I didn’t like about the book. The stereotypes of the black families of Maycomb. As soon as Bob Ewell turned Tom Robinson in for “raping” his daughter the whole white community believed it because he was black. He was a kind, loving father and husband. But no one bothered to get to know the real him or see past the color of his skin to really know that.
In To Kill a Mockingbird there are lots of racial, gender, and religious, discrimination. Which is shown a multiple amount of times throughout the novel. To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel written by Harper Lee which takes place in Maycomb Alabama, where there is a lot of racial discrimination. But there is also some gender, and religious, discrimination.