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.
In Harper Lee’s book, To Kill A Mockingbird, there are many examples of racism. The legal barriers to racial equality have been torn down, and racial exclusion from the benefits of society and the rights of citizenship is no longer nearly total, as it once was. But discrimination still limits the opportunities and stifles the hopes of many black Americans and other minorities. In the realms of housing, employment, medical care, education and the administration of the criminal justice system, we are still, as the 1968 Kerner Commission Report on civil disorders warned, “two separate Americas.” At this moment
At these I smile, or am interested, or reduce the boiling to a simmer, as the occasion may require. To the real question, How does it feel to be a problem? I answer seldom a word. (DuBois, 37) All black people wanted was respect and human rights during their life, but the white people somehow had power over them and decided that they were a problem and wouldn’t give them any of those. The white people would make fun of the black people in front of their faces, telling them how another black person was beat up and how all the black people are a problem for the white people.
And rich white people were not so hard on Negroes; because it was poor whites who hated Negroes. They hated Negroes because they didn't have their share of their money" (Wright 33). This excerpt from the beginning of the novel is a window opening the idea of racism to the book. While it is not the first time race is mentioned, this specific explanation helps readers understand the type of ideologies of race represented in the story and during the time period it takes place. After getting hired to work for the Daltons, Bigger meets Mr. and Mrs. Dalton.
This verdict is clearly based on the fact that Tom is black, but also that he, a black man, felt sorry for a white woman. "I felt right sorry for her" This statement would have brought any jury of Southern America to outrage in the 1930's. To them it was not right for a Negro to feel pity for any member of the white community. Another example of racial prejudice in the novel is at Aunt Alexandra's `lady's meeting'. It also shows the hypocrisy that took place in Maycomb.
Mary Jane actually liked the blacks and was very sad when they were sold to another family. She says “and it was the niggers insert more quote” (p. 181) This shows that the word is not necessarily always negative. During that time blacks were not treated with the same respect as white people and Mark Twain needed to portray this. In order to make the book authentic, Mark Twain told it as it was, while probably not pushing his own ideas through anyone except maybe Huck. Some characters were actuall... ... middle of paper ... ...get an order to box these duds up and put 'em away; and do you reckon a nigger can run across money and not borrow some of it?"
Because of racism, people of Maycomb were hostile toward anyone who disagreed with them. Their actions effected Atticus, Jem, and Scout because they weren’t agreeing with the “normal” white person opinion. People being racist put Tom Robinson in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. All in all, racism can effect communities everywhere if it continues to happen. People in the world should consider each other equals no matter what race they are from.
One point that is brought up in the book is understanding racism. This is an issue because Atticus as a white man is defending Tom Robinson a black man who is accused of raping a white woman named Mayella Violet Ewell, Bob Ewell daughter which as expected their white. If this was to take place in the north no one would really care, but they live in the south where people still believed in segregation from blacks, and for a black man to challenge a white man in court, meant that they would probably lose their case because of prejudice against their race and color. Also a white man defending a black man in court which was unheard of at th... ... middle of paper ... ...o Blacks and not get lynched by the town people. Keep in mind this is the 1930’s in the south where everyone is highly racist toward blacks so its unheard of a white man having an affair with a black woman so to live the life he wanted to live he had to pretend to be drunk.
He is a black man that believes in equality. '''Yes suh. I felt sorry for her, she seemed to try more'n the rest of 'em-''' (Lee, 209) This honest statement Tom Robinson makes is a big mistake because back in the 1900s, there was a lot of discrimination which meant black people should never feel sorry for white people. It is a sin to kill Tom Robinson because he is a harmless citizen that means no harm to anyone in Maycomb. The death of Tom Robinson was typical to many white citizens in Maycomb because if black people were ever convicte...
This book didn’t have too many weaknesses, but it makes you feel bad for the way blacks were treated in that time especially the law being unfair and unjustified, or how they treat them without a say and they have no trust in there word for example of the Tom Robinson case there wasn’t substantial evidence for him to be accused of rape, but because he was black they take the white man’s word over a blacks and Bob Ewell wins the case. This novel is somewhat like today in modern world there is still racism, poverty, and occasionally unfair justice.