What Is The Role Of Racism In To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most influential books out there. Movies, poems, lectures, and speeches have all referred to it. Racism plays a big role in this book and in the town of Maycomb. I believe that racism affected the African Americans in the book, but it also affected the kids. Racism exists in Maycomb but no one choses to discuss it. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the author emphasizes racism and the effect it has on Maycomb citizens; Tom Robinson’s arrest, the way Atticus was treated and lastly how Calpurnia was treated. The first example of racism that played a big role in the book and the town of the Maycomb, is Tom Robinson’s arrest. In the book Tom Robinson get’s arrested for an accusation of rape. "I got somethin ' to say an ' then I ain 't gonna say no more. That n**** yonder took advantage of me an ' if you fine fancy…show more content…
The final example of Racism playing an impacting role in Maycomb is how Calpurnia was treated in general. ‘“....Lula stopped, but she said “ you ain’t got no business bringin’ white chillun here, they got their church, we got our’n. It is our church, ain’t it Miss Cal?”’ ( pg.198 chapter 12) She is saying and supporting that black people and white people should be segregated and shaming Cal for bringing them to a black people church. ‘“... And don’t try getting around it. You’ve got to face it sooner or later and it might as well be tonight. We don’t need her now.” Atticus’s voice was even: “Alexandra, Calpurnia’s not leaving this house until she wants to.”’( pg.182 chapter 14) Alexandra tells Atticus that Calpurnia isn’t needed anymore, now that she lives with them. She had told Atticus that right after she found out that Scout and Jem went to a black people church. “... Atticus’s voice was flinty. “I’ve no intention of getting rid of her, now or ever. We couldn’t operate a single day without Cal, have you ever thought of that? You think about how much Cal does for you, and you mind her,
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