Then, they moved into the frustrating environment of overpopulated city slums where they were not wanted. Also, the media instigated violent behavior on both sides; black and white. Lastly the law was discriminatory and left many Blacks to settle their own disputes. The North and South were left in a state of mayhem.... ... middle of paper ... ...iminal justice that replaced slaveholders' authority was probably the most important reason for the violence." (210) The courts were striving to keep blacks at a level similar to slave laws.
Importance of the Trial in To Kill a Mockingbird The trial of Tom Robinson is central to our understanding of racial and social prejudice in Maycomb. Harper Lee uses Tom Robinson's 'crime' to bring tensions in the town to a head and the author uses the trial as a way of making the ideas behind such tensions explicit for the reader. The two people involved in the so-called crime, Tom Robinson and Mayella Ewell, are at the very bottom of Maycomb society. Tom is black and Mayella one of the poorest of the poor whites. However, neither of them fits into the stereotypes held by the people of Maycomb.
The traditional southern society is corrupted by the racism that occurs in these towns. The citizens continue to use the historic culture as an excuse for their racist comments and actions towards the African Americans in the community. Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, the reader is able to see the progression of the corruption through the various age groups as time goes on. The Tom Robinson trial allows the citizens of the town to discuss the events of the trial at various events, thus spreading the racist feelings and ideas. The courthouse, which is supposed to be a place of justice, is used as a weapon against African Americans.
Because of racism, people of Maycomb were hostile toward anyone who disagreed with them. Their actions effected Atticus, Jem, and Scout because they weren’t agreeing with the “normal” white person opinion. People being racist put Tom Robinson in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. All in all, racism can effect communities everywhere if it continues to happen. People in the world should consider each other equals no matter what race they are from.
This story not only shows discrimination and social prejudice but how these two things come together to impact the outcome of events in the book and how it affects characters throughout the novel. Discrimination is shown throughout the story multiple times through Tom Robinson and multiracial people. To Kill A Mockingbird clearly shows that because Tom Robinson is black his chances of winning his case in court and being released of the accusations that he raped Mayella Ewell are slim. Although many discriminate against Tom during the case some of the characters such as Dill, a friend of Scout, are starting to realize that its wrong. We see this when Dill leaves in the middle of the case and tells Scout “Hasn’t anybody got any business talkin’ like that--it just makes me sick” (Lee ...
At the same time, the criminal justice system has encouraged and persisted in racial and discriminatory actions continuing the emancipation of blacks from society. Consequently, African American families are harmed in countless ways, form psychological to material suffering experienced by the entire family. The impact of incarceration on African-American men also results in awful consequences that limit their ability to become employed, to get an education, and even to participate in the political process. History of Societal Discrimination Befo... ... middle of paper ... ...ishers (p.87-216) Iguchi, M.Y., Bell, J., Ramchand, R.N., and Fain, T. (2005), How the criminal system racial disparities may translate into health disparities. Journal of Health Care (2005) 48-56 Minton, Todd (2012).
Racism in To Kill A Mockingbird is very common, and it is an important part in the story. Racism is shown by the Caucasians in Maycomb against the African-Americans in many different ways like when the jury convicts Tom Robinson guilty of raping Mayella Ewell. The details of Tom Robinson raping Mayella Ewell are very vague and do not show enough evidence that Mayella Ewell was raped. When the jury of all Caucasian men decide to vote if Tom Robinson is guilty
The people in the world’s history have made skin color and race such a huge issue when it really wasn’t and shouldn’t be to this day but sadly is. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird there were three main people affected by racism that was in a way life changing or ruined the opportunities in their lives. These three characters that faced racism were Tom Robinson, Atticus Finch, and Helen Robinson. Tom Robinson a young black man was the allegedly accused of raping and beating a young white woman known as Mayella Ewell. Back in the history of America there was a lot of racism and
Retaliation and reaction by the system that helped create Black Rage was common. The Black Panther’s Party, one of the most significant symbols of Black Rage was undermined by the Federal government. The social phenomena of the Black Communities are quite different from other ethnic communities. Black communities are different because black people had little or no control over their location. In most cases black communities were a result of economics; black people created comm... ... middle of paper ... ...y rather than call the police when a fight or some other disturbance occurred would deal with the situation themselves.
Many scenes in his novel make slaves look like fools. Mark Twain does this purposely to make colored people look and sound like fools, because he is a racist person. Before even getting to chapter, one Mark Twain puts a notice on the book. "Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot" (Twain, 2). Twain uses this to show people how he is as a person.