Role Of Racial Discrimination In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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“Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man made and can be removed by the actions of human beings” (Nelson Mandela). This quote explains that like poverty, racism is controlled by our people in society. Racial discrimination started in America with the slavery of African-Americans and our outlook on them led to many problems in our history. Racial discrimination is a problem in many other countries like South Africa whose government believes in apartheid. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, racial discrimination plays a big role in the events that happen and how people are treated throughout the story. Racism plays a big role in To Kill a Mockingbird and it affects the characters in many ways. Harper Lee wrote this …show more content…
He also tells her that she shouldn’t worry about what other people say. Jem and Scout both learn a lot throughout the story about how Blacks were stereotyped and judged because of their race. An important event that happened in the story was when Calpurnia brought Jem and Scout to her all Black church. Calpurnia’s friend Lula doesn’t like that she brought white people to her church and this started the realization of racial discrimination for Jem and Scout. Jem and Scout realized that racism works both ways where blacks were racist about whites, too. Another event in the story that shows racism was the trial of Tom Robinson. Atticus Finch provided enough evidence that in any court case today, he would have been said not guilty. Because Tom Robinson was black, nobody believed him. This shows how racism played a role at the time even in a small town like Maycomb. “I seen that black nigger yonder ruttin ' on my Mayella!” (Lee 231). Mr. Ewell was one of the most racist men in the town and this quote shows his attitude for African-Americans and his brutal disrespect for them. Harper Lee did a great job illustrating how racism played a role in society and everybody’s …show more content…
In the article “We Have Not Loved Our Black Neighbors” Corey MacPherson talks about how we have been neglecting and accusing our Black neighbors since the Civil Rights movement, it just hasn’t made as big of an impact in society as it did 50 years ago. He wrote about the recent story of an African-American named Michael Brown who layed dead in the middle of the street after being shot by a police officer. Some witnesses say that it was Michael Brown who assaulted the officer and tried to grab his gun. Others say that the police officer was the aggressor. Police officers and paramedics that were entrusted to help him simply did nothing to help him. The Black Lives Matter movement is run by people who believe that African-Americans are still being treated wrongly today. In his article, Macpherson

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