Mob Mentality In To Kill A Mockingbird

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(INSERT ATTENTION GETTER HERE) The book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is inspired by authentic occurrences. There are relations to Jim Crow laws, mob mentality, and racism in the Scottsboro trials. One aspect of America’s history Lee uses in the book is Jim Crow. Jim Crow is a set of strange laws that made white people have more rights than African Americans. People believe that Jim Crow was needed because whites believed they were above blacks. They thought black were non-human, that they were animals. Racial segregation was supposedly a way of social control. Some examples of Jim Crow are white people must introduce the blacks; the blacks are never allowed to introduce themselves. While driving, the whites
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They can become a follower and do bad things. This is shown in the examples such as “The term “Mob mentality” is used to refer to unique behavioral characteristics that emerge when people are in big groups. The term “Mob mentality” is used to refer to something negative” (Smith). Mob mentality also occurred in America's past. On the nightfall of August 7th, 1930 in Marlon, Indiana. Claude Deter was shot in the town square. No one knows who did it but there were three black men and one white woman present. “Normal” and good citizens went crazy, they lost it. Citizens broke into the jail and took three black men out and hung them one by one. Nobody knows who said it or exactly what was said but its been told that someone got on top of a car and yelled, sparing James Cameron (“Strange Fruit: Anniversary”). A photograph of the lynchings show two dead black men hanging from a nuse on the tree. A ton of white people were gathered around the tree, smiling and pointing about what happened (Beitler). The song “Strange Fruit” captures the emotions of the lynchings, and describe when people died and how they hung but no one really cared (Holiday). Mob mentality can be connected to the Racism during this time in …show more content…
After reading/viewing the racism pieces, i conclude that racism still exists in today's society. A few reasons why people are racist is because of their self-esteem, dominance, survival, positive distinctiveness, certainty, and structure (Routledge). An example of racism in America's past is the Scottsboro Trial. It’s 1932 in Alabama, nine african american teenagers are riding the rails. They are in a train car with white men and two white women. The train stopped and all the citizens were told to exit the train due to a fight breaking out. The nine african american boys were accused of starting the fight with the white men and were also accused of raping the two white women. They all got accused of something that really didn’t happen because it would have been more believable for the white women to escape (Anderson.) There are similarities between the Scottsboro Trial and Tom Robinson’s trial. The men were both accused of rape, it took place in the 1930’s in Alabama and in both cases white women and african american men were up against each other. It was racist when the women in the Scottsboro Trial accused the african american boys of rape. They knew it would be a believable distraction and they could escape without getting arrested. The example relates to Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird when he got accused of rape but it was used as a distraction to hide something (Johnson). Tom

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