He did not know until then that there were white women who would take a man with a black skin. He stayed sick for two years (...) He was in the north now, in Chicago and then Detroit” (Faulkner 225). Joe had to run to escape the racism of the South, mainly because of the judgment coming from society that disagrees with the relationship of Joe and Miss Burden. An apparent, black man involved in a sexual relationship with a white woman is frowned upon within the South, which causes Joe to flee. This tires Joe, forces him to depression, and adds insult to injury in his harsh situation; mostly caused by the racial prejudices found within the South.
This story demonstrates a great power of racism, discrimination and injustice through the towns court and the racism of the townspeople themselves. This town of Maycomb shows racism by going against black people and looking down upon them in the community. Tom Robinson is convicted of rape only because he is black which demonstrates the racism, unfairness, and injustice towards black people in a very powerful way. Mrs. Dubose an elderly racist woman represents how the townspeople also hate black people and the racism they display towards them. In today's time black people are still considered to be outcasts and are still shown hate.
Every town has problems and the town of Maycomb from the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee is no different. Maycomb citizens are put forth with social problems created from racism. As a result of racism, physical abuse was plentiful in the town of Maycomb. The citizens of Maycomb were caught up in a cycle of racial discrimination, proving that racism does not benefit anyone. The citizens of Maycomb deal with many social issues due to the conflict of racism.
Shorty is the young black boy who gets beat by the white people and jokes about it. Richard hates Shorty because he accepts what Richard finds so disgusting. Richard goes over in his mind the different choices he can make to deal with the feelings he has. Richard does not want to “give in” and be a slave to the white people. He would never give in and become a slave because he has hated that idea since day one.
Another example of modern day resentment between blacks and whites ... ... middle of paper ... ...k are so mentally enslaved in believing that being black is bad that they have decided to hide and abandon their heritage. This mindset causes a feeling of worthlessness and not belonging. The people who could not pass as white felt as if they were missing out on something because their own people chose to disregard their heritage instead of embracing it. The American legacy of physical slavery has had a huge impact on the mental enslavement in present day society. It has caused two races who are quite similar to have resentment and hatred toward one another.
The most glaring example of racism in the novel is when Tom Robinson is convicted of raping Mayella Ewell just because he dared to feel sorry for her. The result of this racial prejudice leads the people of Maycomb to be very hypocritical and have double standards. They say they have sympathy for other races in other countries but then they treat the ethnic minority in their town with great disrespect. The prejudice of the town is produced from fear, historical context and their social conditioning. They are afraid because of ignorance and not being able to understand new and different things.
The third character Dolfus Raymond is not accepted by the community because he is married to a black woman. These are three very different men whom by choice or circumstance are forever affected by the hatred associated with prejudice and stereotyping. Bob Ewell is a man who is consumed by hatred, he is very poor and thinks very little of the black people in the community. Bob believes “that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral beings” (17). Prejudice in Maycomb is both racial and socio-economic.
In the late 1930’s, the era the Native Son was written, African American men and women were considered outcasts and were constantly treated differently. They were not able to get the benefits and opportunities that white people had unlimited access to. They’re oppressed and were almost seen as worthless as dogs. African Americans could only handle so much of this discrimination, eventually some were pushed past their limit of control. In the story, of the Native Son, Bigger Thomas is seen as full of anger and hate.
No matter how much the whites did not like their neighbors they had no right to kill them because of where they lived nor should they have made them move. “In recent days, some Negroe... ... middle of paper ... ...hat afternoon. They found him guilty because they wanted to find him guilty. Unfortunately in the south in the early part of the nineteenth century blacks did not have a chance. They did not have a chance of finding a decent job, an education, a fair trial, and most importantly they did not have a chance to have much of a life.
Racism is so rampant that people do not even realise it happening. The blacks are deprived basic rights; they are not allowed proper jobs and are separated from the whites in every occasion. The blacks are even forbidden from going to a white church or boarding a white person’s bus. The whites of Maycomb County believe that they are superior to the blacks in every way, and avoid contact with them as much as possible. This behaviour is well portrayed by the unjust and derogatory treatments experienced by Tom Robinson, a poor black man who is being accused of raping a young white woman, Mayella Ewell.