Examples Of Prejudice In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Register to read the introduction… In the south, people grew up discriminating against African-American’s because it was their way of life. In To Kill A Mockingbird there was a man, Dolphus Raymond, who was shunned from the white community because he had connections with the black community. Showing how much he cared for both societies, Dolphus taught the main characters a lesson about how people are not always what they seem from appearance. This particular lesson could have been used in Little Rock because everyone in the town saw the students as menaces instead of the innocent kids they were. The Little Rock Nine wanted a proper education just like everyone else because education written or unwritten is very important because it gives a perspective of looking at the morals and building opinions on things in life. Colored people grew up always one step behind the white folks, so being prejudice towards them just fueled their beliefs of discrimination more. Throughout To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout learns many lessons about what the real world holds, and that you show respect to everyone despite their appearance. The reader sees how she progressively matures during the book when she is taught these lessons. In both Little Rock and Maycomb, all of the children learned the real meaning of bravery, how to fight prejudice, and why education in any form is vital to growing up in the real …show more content…
Jim Crow laws were passed which made it legal to keep African-Americans from having the same rights as the white population. The nine colored students from Little Rock stood up and made a difference for other colored students all across the nation and ended segregation in public schools through the court case Brown vs. Board of Education. The Supreme Court stripped away any constitutional sanctions for segregation by race, and made equal opportunity for education the law of the land in America. However, some laws weren’t always written. According to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, “ The end of the Civil War had promised racial equality, but by 1900 new laws and old customs created a segregated society that condemned Americans of color to second-class citizenship.” (Staff of the National Museum of American History, Behring Center). Put in simplest terms, African-Americans grew up in the shadow of the whites cleaning up the mess behind them as they always have because there were new laws mixed with old customs that made it morally right to discriminate against the black population. On the contrary, in To Kill A Mockingbird, a sort of ‘reverse discrimination’ occurred when the main characters accompanied their colored caretaker to her church and a member of the black congregation told them, "You ain't got no business bringin' white chillum here- they got their church, we got our'n" (Lee 119). The children were intimidated by this repulsion and wished to go home, but soon realized this was what African Americans went through every day: the feeling of not belonging and hatred. The reader got a different look at the other types of prejudice that occurred in the mist of the entire 1900’s, whether it was in reality or in

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