Racism In Harper Miller's To Kill A Mockingbird

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“There's just two kind of people, the sinner and the saint; There's one that gets and always got while the other poor one ain't.” This song from the 1930s, “Rich Man and the Poor Man” by Bob Miller, describes the trust issues between social groups and connects to the trial in Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. In this time, racism and social injustice were prominent issues and have made a lasting impact how society views other races and social groups.
In the 1930s, racial quarrels and social injustice were typical problems and even now, racial flares still occur. A recent event occurred involving racist actions a few months ago in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a man ran his car through a crowd and killed a woman and injured many
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This type of racism is justified since humans have the right to defend themselves. An example of this is when cab drivers refuse to give questionable black males taxi rides at night. In his article, “Some Racial Discrimination is Justified”, D’Souza states, “Yet my right to get a cab, which is the right not to be inconvenienced, seems less important than the cab driver's right to protect his life and property.” D’Souza states his belief in his article that before determining consequences for people who practice justified racism, the fact that people are only practicing common sense should be considered before punishment. This theme is portrayed throughout Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. In her novel, her character Atticus states, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” Harper Lee through her character Atticus was talking about a common theme of empathy that still applies in modern time. If one swallows their pride and puts his or herself in another’s situation, they can begin to understand the difficulties people go through which can be helpful in many situations. The American society has a considerable amount of issues when it comes to pride and applying

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