To Kill A Mockingbird Racism Examples

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In “To Kill a Mockingbird” there are many examples of racism. During the 1960s when the book was published, racism was acceptable and Black people were constantly dominated and ridiculed by Caucasian people. This novel written by Harper Lee is based on racism against Black people and the refusal of people to treat everyone equally. Not only were Black People mistreated but those who associated with them were also considered lower in status. Since Atticus is a lawyer and defends Black people, he often gets mocked by others. For example, Mrs. Dubose says: “Your father’s no better than the niggers and trash he works for!” (pg.102) Mrs. Dubose says this to Jem, the son of the lawyer. Another example is that Scout, the daughter of the lawyer, gets bullied at school for having a father who defends Black people. For example, Scout says: “Cecil Jacobs made me forget. He had announced in the schoolyard the day before that Scout Finch’s daddy defended niggers. I denied it, but told Jem.” (pg.74) As you can see from these examples, people were rude not only to Black people but also to any individual who …show more content…

This means that they had to suffer the consequences of actions they did not do just because they had colored skin. Black people wanted to have jobs so they could support their family back home. Every day they had to live in fear knowing that if they made one mistake they could lose their job, leaving them poor. It is mentioned in the novel that, “Around here once you have a drop of Negro blood, that makes you all black” (pg.162). This quote explains that even if you have a slight bit of Negro blood in your background, it still makes you all Black meaning that if any of your ancestors were Black people, that made you completely Black. The amount of hate against Black people during the 1900s was very heartbreaking and the effects of the racism still

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