Racial Discrimination In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Individuals are negatively affected by racial discrimination. For example, colored people could mentally endure the effect that racism has a toll on them. The results of racial discrimination could be identified through people who have experienced racism. An example that shows the negative outcomes of racial discrimination is displayed throughout the story of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Other example text that demonstrate the negative outcomes are "Racism and Stereotyping on Campus: Experiences of African American Male Student-Athletes." and "What Is Racism?" Lee described one of the characters, Tom Robinson, how he is a victim of racial discrimination along with his negative experiences. Robinson experiences racial discrimination …show more content…
Racial segregation is one of the elements of racial discrimination. This happened during Tom Robinson’s trial, where the people of the courtroom are separated into specific ethnicities thus creating racial segregation. It describes, “The Negroes, having waited for the white people to go upstairs, began to come in. ‘Whoa now, just a minute,’ said a club member, holding up his walking stick. ‘Just don’t start up them there stair year awhile’ [...] The Colored balcony ran along three walls of the courtroom…” (Lee 163,164). Here, the African Americans had to wait for the whites to go first. A club member tells to the black, “Don’t start up them there stair yet,” which indicates how whites come first; how the whites are superior before anyone else. Also, there is a reserved place for the colored could go to in the courtroom, “The Colored balcony.” Since there is a booked spot for the colored only, this conveys how they are separated among the whites. The club member’s actions clearly displays divisiveness among different ethnicities. This shows the division between races and causes racial discrimination to disperse. Another example of divisiveness would be how the book mentions there are divided churches that causes schism between the races. At the time, Atticus left Jem and Scout with their maid, Calpurnia. Calpurnia then takes care for them and brings them to the church she goes to. Upon arriving, …show more content…
“Racism and Stereotyping on Campus: Experiences of African American Male Student-Athletes” a journal entry by Krystal Beamon, is an example how separation still has a long-lasting effect until today. The journal entry describes how racism affect blacks in today’s society. It also provides first hand sources to explain how a one-ethnicity college despise other races. As the journal conveys, “Interest convergence: Racism is addressed only when there is an interest convergence between the White majority and People of Color” (Beamon par. 10). Based on first hand experience, Beamon declares that racial discrimination happens because they are two distributed racial groups: “the White majority and People of Color.” This demonstrates how there is a division of the people in colleges all because of racial discrimination. Beamon already indicates that there are two racial groups because she explains how there are two distinct groups in college even though everyone is the same since they are attending the same college. The reason why there are different regions is because one race happens to racially discriminate the other. As Beamon concludes, she happens to see that “racism is addressed only when there is an interest convergence between the White majority and People of the Color” thus making contradicting race groups. In the end, racial discrimination also happens to be in today’s situations like colleges that create

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