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Racism is very common in Maycomb, it is also a very important part of the whole story. Tom Robinson, who is black, is accused of raping Mayella Ewell. The jury convicts Tom Robinson because of the color of his skin. His entire life was badly affected by racism, even though Tom was honest in his testament, the jury sided with Bob Ewell because he was white. As Atticus pointed out to Jem, “If you had been on the jury, son, and eleven other boys like you, Tom would be a free man.” Mayella Ewell falsely accuses Tom Robinson of raping her because she has broken a code of society. Her father abuses her mainly because of the fact that she attempted to seduce a black man. In the racist community of Maycomb, white people are looked down at if they …show more content…
The hatred the citizens felt toward the black community extended to anyone who became involved with them, especially the Finch family because Atticus was appointed to defend Tom Robinson. Scout and Jem suffered the most from the bullying primarily because they were children. When Cecil Jacobs intimidated Scout in the schoolyard by telling her, “My folks said your daddy was a disgrace an’ that nigger oughta hang from the watertank!” This clearly shows that even the children in the town of Maycomb were as well racist. Mr. Dolphus Raymond was a respected, wealthy member of the Maycomb community, but then he chose to live with the black community. This considered him a felony in the eyes of everyone in Maycomb. He figured they would never understand why he decided to live with the black people so he made it simpler for them by pretending to be the town drunk. He states this himself when talking to Scout: “Secretly Miss Finch, I’m not much of a drinker, but you see they could never, never understand that I live like I do because that is the way I want to …show more content…
She declares one of the main themes in the novel – to crawl inside someone else’s skin before you judge them. When she takes Jem and Scout to her church, she also sees how the African American people have worked together to support Tom and his family. Calpurnia also stands up against racism, and give the Finch children all her love and respect.
Racism affected Bob Ewell which destroyed him in a way, after the Tom Robinson trial, he stated that Atticus Finch and Judge Taylor made him look imprudent in the courtroom. He holds a massive grudge against them. He also attempts to break into Judge Taylor’s house but the plan fails, later he attacks Atticus’s children, Jem and Scout, to try and get revenge on him. Boo Radley later came and took care of the situation.
Everybody in this novel had a part in dealing with racism and they all handled the situation a little differently. Black people weren’t accepted and white people just had so much hatred towards them. No child is born racist, they are taught to hate black

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