The benign force of racism has disrupted their lives, especially Scouts, through the old fashioned and discriminative opinions of the younger residents of Maycomb. My attitude to racism has developed in the course of the narrative. Mr Dolphus Raymond continues to elaborate on my feelings while he talks to Scout and Dill during the court case. He is a sinful man according to the community as he is has fathered mixed children. To contemplate this felony he pretended to be a drunk: "Secretly, Miss Finch, I'm not much of a drinker, but you see they could never, never understand that I live like I do because that is the way I want to live.
Mrs.Dubose wasn’t the only adult to speak badly about the Finch family. Jem and scout are looked at differently by th... ... middle of paper ... ...30’s Maycomb citizens may have wanted to put a black man in jail for no particular reason, but if that case ever went to court today, Tom Robinson and Atticus would’ve won without a doubt. In closing, Racism is wrong no matter what society or class you are from. The color of someone’s skin shouldn’t determine their place in the world. Because of racism, people of Maycomb were hostile toward anyone who disagreed with them.
In the cross-examination, the prosecuting lawyer, Mr. Horace Gilmer was unpleasant towards Tom; acting rude and calling him boy. Although one might think this is due to his personality, as Dill pointed out “He didn't act that way when- (he was talking to his own witnesses)”. Mr. Gilmer was plain disrespectful to Tom unlike Mr. Finch who was just a humane to Tom as he was to the others he cross-examined. Racism was just present in the attitude towards African-Americans but in the African-Americans themselves. For example, Calpurnia acted very differently when in the presence of other African-Amer... ... middle of paper ... ...not care if Tom died, and he especially did not care if Tom's wellbeing suffered.
The most common form of prejudice, which is seen many times throughout the novel, is racism. The white folk of Maycomb County feel they have a higher status in society than the black community, and that the Negroes are there simply to be controlled by the whites. The views of a Negro do not matter; they are worthless to a white person. They are seen as dirty and ‘beneath’ a white. This is true even in extreme cases such as the Ewells being compared to the black community.
A few of my favourite parts of the movie were the problems and the ending. The main message of the story was to not judge a person by how they look or what the society says about them but instead how helpful and kind their true self was. This message was conveyed in 2 different problems. One was that Tom Robinson, a black man, was accused of raping and beating Mayella Ewell which he had not done, but was found guilty because of the lies of Mr. Ewell and his daughter Mayella. Another problem was that Arthur “Boo” Radley was not respected in the community because of the lies that were told about him.
Mrs. Dubose shouts rude comments to Scout and Jem about Atticus, “Your father’s no better than the niggers and trash he works for.” This should not have been said because Atticus is trying to be a good person. Back then even talking to an African American can lead you into terrible trouble. In the book after a rude comment Mrs. Dubose had made Jem had cut all of her flowers with a baton that he had got for Scout. After this happe... ... middle of paper ... ...Walter is trash. Walter just got labeled trash because of his social class.
“Who was the most racist in that situation? Was it the white man who was too terrified to confront his black neighbors on their rudeness? Was it the black folks who abandoned their mattress on their curb? … Or was it all of us, black and white, passively revealing that, despite our surface friendliness, we didn’t really care about one another?” He never blames the black neighbors for their disregard of the mattress because their black, but sounds aware of the stereotyping and how he comes off addressing it. He also knows how much he stands out in the community as a minority, wondering what the cops would say to him, “ ‘Buddy,’ the cops would say.
Moreover, children’s minds are often diluted with confusion because of the prejudice acts of racism. Dill is an innocent child who is also put through this confusion as he says, “That old Mr. Gilmer doin’ him thataway, talking so hateful to him….It was the way he said it made me sick, plain sick” ( Harper Lee, page 198) The adults in Maycomb are unfortunately diverting Dill’s mind. Dill being too young to understand the people of Maycomb, realizes that being racist is unfair. In addition, verbal aggression creates tension between many citizens of Maycomb. Tension is built through, “You ain’t got no business bringin’ white chillum here... ... middle of paper ... ...the legs Mr. Finch’”.
It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn 't hurt you.” (108). Atticus is doing what he can to eliminate the effect that race could have in this case. In the most recent case, Zimmerman and Martin, there were many riots going on about the verdict being not guilty. People believed that they did not care because the victim was African American. In the Scottsboro Trial, the nine men did not receive a fair trial because of the color of their skin.
Racism is wrought within the whole story. For example, even though Calpernia is a female, Aunt Alexandra overlooks her good work because of her race (p. 129). Blacks, because they are considered inferior, are expected to do everything for whites. People are so biased it doesn’t matter how well a job a black person does they are still frowned upon. Furthermore, the jury declares Tom Robinson guilty even though the evidence is clearly in his favor (p.211).