The Effects of Racism inTo Kill A Mockingbird “Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the present inaccessible”. Maya Angelou spoke this quote because she is an African-American woman who grew up with prejudice. She knows how it feels to be looked at or treated differently because of the color of her skin. In “To Kill A Mockingbird” the author, Harper Lee, shows the effects of Racism in many ways throughout three years of her childhood journey in Maycomb county. When a black man in Maycomb is accused of rape, the town thinks he is guilty; there is no physical evidence that a rape ever occurred, but Tom is still sent to jail to wait for his trial.
Thus, controversy evolves around inhabitants of Puerto Rico because they are considered Americans since Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States. My skin is white, my eyes are brown, and my hair is dark brown. I am confused with Europeans, such as Italians, Portuguese, or Spanish. As early as the sixth grade, I experienced prejudice indirectly. I grew up in a predominately white neighborhood where I consistently heard racist thoughts about Latinos.
Near the end of the film, Officer Hansen shoots Peter when she assumed that he was holding a gun. (Crash) . In another film, Anthony attempts to carjack Cameron and the police officer tries to shoot Cameron, but Officer Hansen intervenes. This emphasizes how stereotype on how Black men are perceived to be thugs. When Anthony took the Cambodian people that were trapped in the van to Chinatown, this suggests the stereotype that all Asian people look alike.
Peola, the lighter skinned mixed race character in Imitation of Life chooses to pass as white until, when her mother dies guilt overwhelms her and she reveals her African ancestry. But what shaped Peola’s racial identity and if she were here today, where would she find belonging? Within a society that still holds the vestiges of 400 years of chattel slavery, black and white racial identity has formed within a dichotomist system that maintains racial hierarchy. Multi-racial identities are not exempt from these restrictive categories but instead have been shaped by it. As miscegenation grew in the United States, so did mixed race bodies and as brown, tan and olive complexions populated the United States, whiteness and its purity became threatened.
Pecola's experiences would have less meaning coming from Pecola herself because a total and complete victim would be an unreliable narrator, unwilling or unable to relate the actual circumstances of that year. Claudia, from her youthful innocence, is able to see and relate how the other characters, especially Pecola, idolize the "ideal" of beauty presented by white, blue-eyed movie stars like little Shirley Temple. In addition to narrative structure, the structure and composition of the novel itself help to illustrate how much and for how long white ideas of family and home have been forced into black culture. Instead of conventional chapters and sections, The Bluest Eye is broken up into seasons, fall, winter, spring, and summer. This type of organization suggests that the events described in The Bluest Eye have occurred before, and will occur again.
In December of 2014, Eric Garner was killed after being accused of selling untaxed cigarettes, he was a black, asthmatic and unarmed man. Officers put Garner in a chokehold and even after garner stated “ I can’t breathe” officers did not back down. Since the incident, there has been an increase in the death of minorities with police encounters. The Black Lives Matter movement was established in order to bring awareness of police brutality against minorities. In “ I yelled Black Lives Matter at A Trump Rally”by Sierra Thoma, she recollects a caucasian man yelling “all lives matter” in opposition to “ black lives matter”.
Since its founding, racial tensions have plagued the United States. Our history is one of racism and intolerance. From legal slavery in our first hundred years to fear mongering over Chinese immigrants, “No Irish Need Apply” to a presidential nominee threatening to deport 11 million illegal Latino immigrants, racism scourges our nation. How society sees a person’s race affects how they see themselves, how they see others of their own race, how they view other races, and their experiences growing up. In Zora Neale Hurston’s piece, “How It Feels to Be Colored Me,” she explains coming to know herself as “Zora” instead of “a little colored girl;” she explains how she is Zora of Orange County and it’s only in contrast to whites that she is colored.
It shows the irrationality of racism in the 1960s. Multiple characters throughout the book display racist character traits, Rosaleen is on the receiving end of racism, whereas Lily and June are perpetuating the values of the time. June Cartwright is the sister of August and May and lives in the house in Tiburon. She is an educated black woman, but still exhibits racist behavior towards Lily. Lily over hears June talking about her, “’But she’s white August’ …June might not want me here because of my skin color’” (Kidd 87).
After the Mexican-American war, most Hispanics living in the U.S. became American citizens in southwestern U.S. Although, the citizens were promised the protection of their rights, they were mistreated, racially categorized along the border, had fewer opportunities, and experienced segregation in schools. For instance, in the 1900, “Mexican enrollment was 17.3 percent, while Anglo enrollment was 38.9 percent.” (Guadalupe) This illustrates the racial disparity of Mexican Americans in southwestern U.S. public schools. Moreover, in 1945, the Mendez v. Westminster was the first case to rule against racial segregation in Orange County, California. Overall, U.S. colonization caused racial inequality and segregation of Hispanic Americans.
Another aspect of this short story, which I consider to be unjust, is the fact people take the word of a white person over a black person only because of skin color. Minnie Cooper said Will Mayes raped her and almost e... ... middle of paper ... ...ricans resorted to home remedies, which proved to be unsuccessful. Due to the fact African Americans didn’t have equal opportunities set them back not only to advance in the financial world but when it came to gaining respect of others. I don’t think African Americans would have thought it would take all the way to the civil rights movement to gain equal rights. It relates to how the characters in these short stories were treated because they were treated unjust and not humanly.