Racism And Prejudice By William Martin Luther King Jr 's Letter From Birmingham Jail, Mr. King

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One of the most prevalent topics in To Kill A Mockingbird is the town of Maycomb 's underlying racism and prejudice. The book shows that racism is very existent in the world around us, and can be seen in many different ways. In Martin Luther King Jr 's Letter from Birmingham Jail, Mr. King speaks of the inequalities and repercussions of being African American. Maya Angelou 's Graduation tells a similar story of Ms. Angelou being faced with inequalities at her high school graduation. All of these events were, unfortunately, a result of the racism that was especially present during the 1930s to the 1970s.
Mr. King 's letter has many of the same topics as To Kill A Mockingbird. An example of this is when Mr. King says, “We will have to repent this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people” (690). This directly ties into To Kill A Mockingbird to after the court case, when Jem is telling Atticus that the outcome of the trial wasn 't fair. Atticus agrees, but he says, “They 've done it before and they did it tonight and they 'll do it again and when they do it – seems that only children weep” (213). What Atticus is saying is that no one seems to care that a jury voted for an innocent black man to die. Mr. Ewell 's decision to lie about what Tom did to his daughter is not what stands out to Atticus, because Mr. Ewell is simply a bad person and his actions were to be expected. What stands out is that…

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