Racism In Harper Lee's 'To Kill A Mockingbird'

Superior Essays
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
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Mainly young black and white kids rode the Southern railroad to get to new jobs. Among these four black teenagers were four white teenagers, two being female. The white teens broke out in a stone-throwing fight with the blacks, and authorities were called. Police captured as many blacks as they could on the train which resulted in the capture of nine young boys (“Scottsboro”). These boys received their name “Scottsboro Boys” because they were brought to jail in Scottsboro. After being accused of rape, they encountered trials that were unjust and unfair. The Scottsboro Trials of 1931 shows how racial relations affected the Black race and their lives which also relates to one race believing they are superior to another. This can also be described in a case known as Emmett Till. Emmett Till, a fourteen-year-old boy murdered by two white men, was carelessly thrown into the Tallahatchie River. The two men then beat him nearly to death, gouged out his eye, shot him in the head, and then threw his body, tied to the cotton-gin fan with barbed wire, into the river (“Death”). Even though there was concrete evidence that they killed Emmett, the all-white jury concluded the white men not guilty in

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