How Is Racial Discrimination In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Discrimination against the colored Discrimination played a large key part in society during the 1960s. W.E.B. Du Bois said, “To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollar is the very bottom…”. He explained that if you were colored and lived in a place where white that have money are also living, you were at the very bottom of society, whites basically ruled you. In The Help, discrimination is a huge problem. Black maids that worked for white families were very often mistreated. In To Kill a Mockingbird, the whites often mistreated black men and discriminated against them because they were thought poorly of and it was easy to pick on the blacks because the white had the mindset that blacks were of little to no importance. …show more content…
Scout is taking to Atticus and she is asking him what the term “nigger-lover” means because she heard her classmates say it to her when she revealed that she believes in race equality to them. Atticus says “Scout, Nigger-lover is just one of those terms that don 't mean anything- like snot-nose. It 's hard to explain- ignorant, trashy people use it when they think somebody 's favoring Negroes over and above themselves. It 's slipped into usage with some people like ourselves, when they want a common, ugly term to label somebody.” (Lee, 180). Scout is amazed to hear this, she is disgusted that people can be so low to call someone a derogatory name that cannot even help why there skin is colored. Scout starts to realize that a lot of people are snotty and think they are better than blacks. Scout also starts to realize that discrimination against blacks has become a social rule, if living in this society, one will discriminate against blacks, it is something that is expected of someone if they are not part of the upper social classes. Scout invites a Cunningham over for dinner and she gets into the house, Calpurnia calls him a guest and Scout says “He ain’t company Cal, just a manners cunningham” (Lee, 27). The Cunningham family is at the lowest social class possible for a white family while the Finch’s are pretty high up and Scout makes that clear when she speaks to Calpurnia. Scout realizes that there are different social classes and she knows her family is pretty high up since Atticus is a lawyer. She does not realize that you need to have manners even when someone is more poor or less fortunate than you, and treat them equally. Scout starts to realize that blacks are very harshly

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