Racism

By Calpurnia

Definition:
Hatred towards a race or intolerance of another race or other races. Discrimination or prejudice based on race.

Examples of racism in the novel:
Braxton Underwood despises Negroes. - pg 172.
'Mr Finch, if you were a nigger like me, you'd be scared too'. Tom Robinson - pg 215.
'The evil assumption - that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basicly immoral beings, that all Negro men are not to be trusted around our women, an assumption one associates with minds of their calibre'. Atticus Finch - pg 225
In the courtroom the blacks were physically separated from everyone else, as they had to have there own specific area of the court.
'Cry about the simple hell people give other people without even thinking. Cry about the hell white people give coloured folks,without even stopping to think that they're people, too.' -dolphus raymond pg 222

They main event that shows racism in To Kill a Mocking Bird is that Tom Robinson is sentanced guilty to crime in which he didn't committ. The colour of Tom's skin was the defining factor of the jury's decision. In the time that To kill a Mocking Bird was set in (1930), racism was prevalent and places were often divided into two areas a black area and a white area. Some white people were against African American people so much that they would show their hatred publicly with threats, abuse and even killings that were justified. Blacks had to follow 'strict rules of society' like when walking and approaching a white person to step aside, to not look at white people when in the street, and to brake one of these 'rules' it could result in a public scene that would end badly for the African American. Atticus fights against racism, and a few other townspeople are on his side, including Miss Maudie and Judge Taylor.
There are specific people in the novel who are against African American people such as the Ewell family and the Cunninghams, much like today people in society still have racist views, for example The Klu Klux Klan and their message of an all white America.

Even though racism is very prevalent, it shows that America and even the world have started to finally move forward into a more equal society as Barabk Obama was elected president in 2009.


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