Racism Is The Belief Of Ethnicity, The Color Of Skin, And Overall Appearance

1693 Words Dec 12th, 2016 7 Pages
Courtney Lindzy
Ivy Tech English
Ms. DeShaney
11 December 2016
To Kill A Mockingbird
Racism is the belief in which ethnic groups account for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others. It has been one of the most prevalent social issues for centuries, especially in the modern world. Racial relations still occur, although it is vaguely disappearing. There are some who believe one’s appearance changes everything in that particular person and how they should be treated. There is no doubt that racism was more acceptable in the past than it is today, and there is also evidence that with time, race relations are steadily improving.
In To Kill A Mockingbird, Lee expresses examples of when the discrimination of ethnicity, the color of skin, and overall appearance changes other’s opinions about a character, without knowing the character’s personality and way of life. Tom Robinson was a black male, accused of raping a white woman named Mayella Ewell. Robinson, unfortunately, loses the case, a guilty verdict is given by an all-white jury for a crime he did not commit. Robinson’s appointed attorney was Atticus Finch, a white male. Since Mayella is white and her trial is against a black man, the jury instantly believes her statement, although it is a lie. Mayella Ewell hesitates to answer all the questions Atticus asks her because she is afraid that the truth will come out. In the book, Mayella gets offended and believes Atticus is making…

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