Racism Is Not An Accident Essay

1354 Words Jan 21st, 2016 6 Pages
“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 story during the Civil Rights Movement to show the readers what society was like and how people were treated differently at the time. Racism plays a big role in the story and it affects the characters in many ways. Jem and Scout are most affected by racism in the story because they don’t understand why people are stereotyped by the color of their skin. One part in the story Scout is told by another child that Atticus is a “nigger lover.” This upsets her because she didn’t understand what it meant and what racism was.

"Scout," said Atticus, "nigger-lover is just one of those terms that don 't mean anything—like snot-nose. It 's hard to explain—ignorant, trashy people use it when they think somebody 's favoring Negroes over and above…

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