Capitalism In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Huey Newton once said, “ We have two evils to fight, capitalism and racism. We must destroy both racism and capitalism.” In Harper Lee 's, “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Tom Robinson was unjustly convicted of a crime he did not commit. There was plenty of evidence that proved his innocence, but the evidence was ignored because of racism, the time period and slavery. Racism in the southern portion of the United States was extremely prevalent during the 1930s. In the book, “ To Kill A Mockingbird” the main setting is in a rural town in Alabama called Maycomb County. In the book, Atticus Finch is a lawyer who tries his hardest to do what he thinks is right. He is far from what most people may think a lawyer is. He is honest, caring, fair and kind. …show more content…
This theory is still present today and will be present forever. The jury ignored the evidence because they wanted to prove that the white population still had control over the blacks of the community. Rand Paul once said, “The history of African-American repression in this country rose from government-sanctioned racism. Jim Crow laws were a product of bigoted state and local governments.”During the 1930s, Jim Crow laws were in full effect. African Americans were not allowed in the same restrooms, schools, and even had to sit on the back of buses. It would be extremely hard for a black person to get acquitted with an all white jury since racism was basically legal during that time. The Jury may have thought that it was their legal duty to convict a black man just because of his race. Atticus discussed a term that was used by whites to belittle African Americans. The term was used many times in, “ To Kill A Mockingbird”, The term was used mainly to degrade black people. The word had become so widely used that many African Americans had become desensitized to it. To the whites, the word had become just another word for them. The jury ignored the evidence because they wanted to prove that the white population still had control over the blacks. Jim crow laws were starting to get looked down upon and the jury knew that eventually they would get abolished like slavery. Slavery …show more content…
The Great Depression caused people to get angry at blacks instead of wall street. Some people found it easier to blame blacks for the Great Depression than to blame to actual money hungry corporate thieves. “There was no hurry, because there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County.” ( Lee 224) This quote by Scout shows how the Great Depression affected everyone in the community. Maycomb County was dying. There was no money or activities for anyone to do so, some resorted to hatred towards the black residents. The Great Depression affected every person, no matter what economic or social class. The entire country was affected economically not just the farmers and the business owners. Atticus said professional people were poor because the farmers were poor. Most of Maycomb County’s income came from Farming.When the farming industry could not survive because of the Great Depression, Maycomb county’s main income source was gone. Since the entire town was segregated, the racism and hatred towards blacks worsened as time passed. The economic situation greatly increased tension between the black and white communities. In 1933, Franklin Roosevelt enacted the National Recovery Act. The law was made to stop Discrimination in the workplace and to make equal wages for blacks and whites. The law did the complete opposite. It caused

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