To Kill a Mockingbird: Discrimination

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Discrimination is prevalent in the story “To Kill a Mockingbird”, the most obvious being the excessive amount of racism (Lee). Racism is the easiest to see but there are more forms of discrimination (Lee). Boo Radley is ostracized from the community when truly nobody really knows him (Lee). People discriminate Scout for being a tomboy not a lady (Lee). The last one that no one ever thinks about is how reverse racism is seen when people threaten Atticus for defending Tom Robinson in court (Lee). Discrimination in any form is a controversial topic but everyone knows that it is not right to discriminate against people.
Racism is still a very controversial topic in today’s society but still not as bad as seen in the time period of “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Tom Robinson is in trial because a white man’s word over a black man’s word (Lee). Bob Ewell has told the Sheriff of the town that Tom Robinson raped his daughter which is a lie (Lee). The real story is his daughter Mayella asked Tom to get something for her where she could not reach and when he did she came on to him (Lee). When this happened Bob Ewell looked through the window, then Tom Robinson ran which makes him look guilty (Lee). Tom Robinson is eventually convicted of rape because the jury of this time is corrupted because most everyone at this time was racist (Lee). Recently in the news the clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned from the NBA for his lifetime because the racist remarks he had made in a voice recording (Chappell). Events like this still occur and still cause problems in today’s society even though there has been a lot done to try to make things equal between races since “To Kill a Mockingbird” was written .
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...ot as common today as it was in “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Ostracizing someone in a community because they aren’t normal is common in both in the book and today. Discriminating is not right in any way. Everyone tries not to discriminate but sometimes we just can’t help it. Its human nature to have an opinion and when something goes against that opinion it usually leads to discriminating against someone or something.

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Chappell, Bill. "Reactions To NBA's Ban Of Clippers Owner Donald Sterling." NPR. NPR, Apr.-May 2014. Web. 01 May 2014.
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Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1960. Print.
"Notes on the Characters of To Kill a Mockingbird." Book Rags. N.p., 28 Jan. 2010. Web. 1 May 2014.
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