Racial Prejudice : The White People Of Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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Blacks and Whites in the 1930’s Charles R. Swindoll said: “Prejudice is a learned trait. You 're not born prejudiced; you 're taught it.” Swindoll was right. A perfect example of racial prejudice is “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. The white people of Maycomb County have a prejudice bred into them. The Finch family, however, has a different mind set. Atticus doesn’t teach Jem and Scout to be hateful towards the black community. He teaches them that regardless of skin color, all humans are equal. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” (39) Although the worlds of the blacks and whites seem very different, they’re linked together. In the book, Calpurnia provides a connection between them. The Jim Crow laws supposedly make things "separate but equal", but the white community treats the black community unfairly. The black community is discriminated against throughout the book. In this novel, the blacks of Maycomb are innocent “mockingbirds” that are “shot” without good reason. One way Cal connects the two worlds is by taking the Finch kids to church. During the 30’s in Alabama, blacks and whites couldn’t go to church together. Jem and Scout learn many things about the blacks in Maycomb County when they go to First Purchase. The night before Cal takes Jem and Scout to church, she scrubs them down. She says, “ 'I don 't want anybody sayin ' I don 't look after my…

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