People said that he existed but jem and I had never seen him". " There are four kinds of folks in this world", Blacks, Ewells, Cunningham's, and the finches and the neighbors. Miss Caroline says to scout that, " your father does not know how to teach". That is discrimination by just guessing that scouts dad doesn't know how to be a teacher. Tom Robinson knew that he was innocent and so did Atticus but ... ... middle of paper ... ... a very hard job because most of the people in maycomb county and the county's all believe that blacks are bad and they should be punished for their race.
This is important because the author was not making this racism up; it was what it was like in those times. She is trying to show how ignorant and blind people can be just because of differences between them, as well as how society treats racial minorities. During the book Scout and Jem are at an age were people around them greatly affect their thoughts, views and ideas about the world. Although Atticus tried to raise them to treat Negroes as equals, people around them affected their views on them. A good example is when Dill questioned the seemingly rude way which Mr. Gilmer treated Tom Robinson.
This social prejudice leads to the exclusion of families such as the Ewells and the Cunninghams because they don’t conform to Maycomb’s belief of normality. They are treated like outsiders with suspicion and are stereotyped. The religious prejudice in Maycomb leads to the persecution of Miss Maudie Atkinson by the foot washing Baptists. Racial prejudice in Maycomb is constantly displayed by the white community toward the black community. 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.
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).
The victims of these prejudices were members of the Maycomb community: Boo Radley who was judged for choosing to abide in his home, Tom Robinson for being colored, and the Ewells because they live in poverty. Racial, social, and gender prejudice is wrong because it holds a back from creating relationships and divides groups of individuals causing other groups to gain control. Blacks in Maycomb County were constantly being judged and criticized for things that have happened in the past, and were often over-looked due to the social hierarchy. Maycomb County has not seen change in its lifetime, which is consequently the reason that blacks were viewed to be an inferior population and were at the bottom of the social hierarchy. The social hierarchy in Maycomb is based on how well known and respected one was in the community.
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.
Racism is evident in the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Throughout the story whites are constantly challenging blacks, and vice versa, because blacks want to be seen as equals and not as a lesser race. Racism has been in the United States since the beginning of time, when the whites first settled here they were racist against the Indians, they beat killed and cleared out their tribes, bust because they wanted their land. Then you see a different form of racism between blacks and whites, it was present just because of skin color; you see segregation between the two races up until the 1950s when schools became integrated, but the racism was still there. Whites refused to sit next to blacks, use the same bathrooms, use the same drinking fountain, and wouldn't be seen in the same church.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee depicts the variations of prejudice and discrimination of white people against black people, which identifies relationships among the novel’s characters. The racial intolerance towards Tom Robinson in the novel relates to the Scottsboro Boys, indicating injustice and iniquitousness in the different trials, portraying how ignorant the human race truly is to black people, how a white person can’t even feel what a black person’s motive is, which is to be brothers and sisters to white people, and that racial judgment prohibits the society’s hopes of an improved world. The misapprehension of white against black truly shows how ignorant the human race truly is towards black people. The racial
This shows that she is a dedicated supremacist. By depicting Dubose as a devotee of the CSA and black suppression, readers understand her beliefs are discriminatory and reflect Maycomb’s racist culture. In another instance, as she speaks to Jem, she fires discriminatory criticism at Atticus and the children, declaring to Jem, “Your father’s no better than the Niggers and trash he works for” (Lee 135). This indicates that those who had opposing beliefs to the common society were also looked down at as inferiors. Dubose’s claim clarifies why so many townspeople judge Atticus, ca... ... middle of paper ... ...perpetual loss of pureness.
Life was hard and there existed a distinct social hierarchy amongst the white community in Maycomb. Slavery was a norm and the relationship that existed between the black and white was only that which could be expected in such circumstances and nothing beyond. The white community in Maycomb is very racist. When Atticus agreed to defend Tom Robinson a black man accused of raping a white women named Mayelle ewell, his family is subjected to abuse from other children and the white community even to the extent of ruining their Christmas celebrations. However, because the Finches black... ... middle of paper ... ...r normal nor accepted.