Racism, Prejudice, By Harper Lee Essay

1003 Words Dec 9th, 2015 5 Pages
Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist, once stated, “All men are created equal. No matter how hard they try, they can never erase those words. That is what America is about.” Although it is a fundamental American idea that people are created equal, this often is not the case due to personal bias. The similar sentiment, unnecessary racism, is mirrored in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Many characters in the fictional town of Maycomb experience prejudice based on their race, both through obvious and subtle examples. In addition, many characters dislike racism and do not understand why people treat others unfairly. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee reveals that racism is pervasive; whether one chooses to abolish it or ignore it that shows one’s true character.

Oftentimes, children’s ideas stem from their parents. The parents are ignoring the fact that their racist comments turn their beloved children into being racist, also. Cecil Jacobs yells at Scout about how people who support black people need to die. Cecil says to Scout, “My folks said your daddy was a disgrace an’ that nigger oughta hang from the water tank” (Lee ). Lee shows how racism can be pervasive in that parents and townspeople pass on their prejudice to their children. Scout, an innocent young girl, is racist without even knowing. Scout comes home from school after having a conversation with Cecil and asks Atticus,

“Do you defend niggers, Atticus?" I asked him that evening.

"Of course I do. Don 't…

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