Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

1064 Words Jan 19th, 2016 5 Pages
"Why do you do you notice the splinter in your brother 's eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye? You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you can see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother 's eye." Matthew 7: 3, 5. We are hypocrites. We teach that our racial ideals have advanced so much over the years but we are still the same as in our past in North America. In 1932, Jim Crow laws were still in effect, laws that segregated black and white people. Although the Confederate side lost the American Civil War decades earlier, and the Union freed all the blacks from slavery, black people continued to live segregated lives in the American south. To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, takes place in those years as it follows Scout, Atticus her father, and Jem her brother. We believe we have moved beyond that and today 's society is much different. How ever some may question that assumption. Much like a virus, the racism in our society has not been cured, it has simply evolved so that it takes on a different appearance. We still segregate and oppress those who are different from us. Instead of Jim Crow laws telling black people where they can and cannot go to the washroom, we have people such as Stephen Harper, former Prime Minister of Canada, passing bills to ban Muslim head ware, or Donald Trump, nominee for the American Republican Party, campaigning on the deportation of minorities, specifically Syrians. We cannot continue…

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