Just Mercy was written in 2014, In modern day society, racial injustice has a big impact in this world today, as stated in Just Mercy and To Kill a Mockingbird. Showing that they are both related in many ways. The characters from To Kill A Mockingbird deal with racial injustice first hand. Scout, the narrator and daughter of Atticus Finch, experienced racial injustice of her father’s court case with Tom Robinson, an African American. Tom was accused of raping a white woman who was Mayella Ewell, Mayella said he raped her while he was helping her with chores.
Billy Graham said, “Racism and injustice and violence sweep our world, bringing a tragic harvest of heartache and death.” Harper Lee depicts this in To Kill a Mockingbird by illustrating racism through Tom Robinson’s unjust trial. The novel is set in the 1930s in a small southern town in Alabama called Maycomb. In the town, a black man named Tom Robinson is accused of raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell. The people of Maycomb are quick to accuse Tom due to his race. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses the motif of racism to convey the theme that African Americans were dehumanized and not given equitable treatment during the 1930s in Alabama through Tom running away from the Ewells at the time of the alleged assault, the jury convicting Tom, and talk of Tom’s death being expected of him.
To kill a mockingbird is based on the racial tension and inequality that existed and poisoned the minds of the pre-1970 generations. The author, Harper Lee, was born in 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama. The novel was originaly copyrighted in 1960 buts was renewed in 1988. The publisher of the book is Harper Perennial Modern classics which is an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers. To Kill A Mockingbird is primarily a southern gothic type of novel in the sense that it takes place in the south and explores both dark and comedic elements.
“Scout, I’m beginning to understand something. I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley’s stayed shut up in the house all this time…” (227). Prejudice and discrimination are major issues that are present in the town of Maycomb; Scout and her brother Jem are young children who learn about the disturbing existence of the bigotry that they were previously unaware of in their familiar southern hometown throughout the trial of Tom Robinson, an innocent African American who is accused of rape by a white woman. To Kill a Mockingbird introduces a world that harbors prejudice against some of its very citizens and describes how discrimination was a major flaw in society and still is a flaw present day society. The author, Harper Lee develops
A prime example is the Tom Robinson case, which was a blatant display of racism. Jem and Scout saw their “father take the gun and walk out into the middle of the street,” he then killed Tim, and the threat of his rabies was gone (127). The rabies were like racism. Racism, at the time, was something that ruined Maycomb and changed it. The people were less open and more stuck on this one idea of race, while everyone outside of Maycomb were fine.
Working Title In her novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee exemplifies the theme of racism and how it impaired and blemished the citizens of Maycomb County. One figure that Lee uses to represent racism is the “mad dog,” Tim Johnson. When Tim went out of control and became absurd and perilous to Maycomb County, every character in the novel knew that something had to be done about it. Like Tim, racism can and will eventually get out of control. When Atticus shot and killed Tim, this portrays as if Atticus is killing racism as a whole.
English Literary Essay Amy Olley I have always felt very strongly about discrimination of races and so I decided to examine racism in Southern America between the 1930s and 1960s. The theme of my book project is: An Examination of the effects of the Jim Crow Legislation and of racism on both black and white in the books To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, which is my classic, The Help by Kathryn Stockett and The Colour Purple by Alice Walker. The Jim Crow Legislation was implemented in Southern America in 1876 and it ended in 1965. The Jim Crow was a legalization of black and white segregation. Separate areas for whites and blacks were constructed and there were punishments for people conversing with a different race.
The setting in the fictional town, combined with the tone given by many characters and Scout’s innocent and unbiased narration. allow the revelation of the message that racism is unjust and hypocritical . The setting illustrates to readers a notion of what is to come in the story. Most people learn that the south was incredibly racist during the Great Depression. Most families in fictional Maycomb, Alabama have lived there for multiple generations, which leads to habits passing down
Discrimination is the central theme when it comes to the early and even the mid-1900s. What is discrimination? The exact definition says: “the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the groups of race, age, or sex.” When reading To Kill a Mockingbird many incidences of discrimination are portrayed throughout the book. It is set in the mid to late 1930s during the period of the Great Depression. The main incidents that occur throughout the book are about a trial of a black man named Tom Robinson, treatment of a strange man named Boo Radley, and the treatment of Scout the narrator.
When people around the town found out that Atticus was going to help Tom Robinson in court, they began to call him racist names and to disrespect him as if he was African American. The children of Atticus were verbally abused, being called names as their father was. “That evening a mob went to the jail to lynch Tom Robinson, and it looked as if they would toss Atticus aside if they had to.” (Lee, 278). Right after Tom Robinson’s trial as he was in jail, a mop came and tried to kill him. If it was not for Tom Robinson being protected by Atticus, he would have died earlier than he did.
Black people killed by police were also significantly more likely to have been unarmed” (Laughland, Swaine and Lartey). There are reasons that why they are racism against black people because they keep killing them. Every year, the statistics are highest that the police officers because of racism kill unarmed black people. “32% of black people killed by police in 2015 were unarmed, as were 25% of Hispanic and Latino people, compared with 15% of white people killed” (Laughland, Swaine and Lartey). Police officers do not like them and have no respectful for them because they are black people.
This year alone, in Chicago almost 80 percent of the people killed have been black. In Baltimore the figure is 216 black people versus 11 white, in Philadelphia 200 black people versus 44 white. Although it’s troublesome that most are killed by other black people, it is disturbing to think that the innocent blacks are killed by armed officers, especially the white officers. The “Black Lives Matter” (BLM) movement is taking actions to campaign against violence toward black people. Founder Alicia Garza said BLM is recognizing that “Black people are deprived of our basic human rights and dignity.
“When the riots ended on August 3, 15 whites and 23 blacks had been killed and more than 500 people injured; an additional 1,000 black families had lost their homes when they were torched by rioters.”(Retrieved from the History website : http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/chicago-race-riot-of-1919). The reason of the riots was segregation and vicious racism. The officer’s racial decision on not arresting the suspect because he was white impacted the city of Chicago in
On June 13, 1994 Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were found murdered outside of Browns condo. The police suspected OJ Simpson to have committed the crime seeing Mr. Simpson had attacked Ms. Brown previously. It was clear that Mr. Simpson committed the crime jet a jury of 10 women and 2 men found him not guilty (9 of the jurors were black, 2 white and 1 Hispanic). This trial dealt with class, race and gender all at once. Make no mistake if OJ Simpson was not a wealthy man and could not afforded the defense her received the outcome of this trial would have been much different.
Many times African Americans are targeted. In fact, Police killed 160 black people in 2016. Did black lives activists die for such a world, destroyed by discrimination and inequality? African Americans throughout history have faced discrimination and brutality. Even small rights that everyone should have such as having the right to drink from a drinking fountain, were taken away from African Americans.