Nelson Mandela once said, “no one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite”(Mandela). Racism is an ongoing issue that has occupied many years of American history. Even with great leaders, such as President Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who established a push to end slavery and inspired an entire revolution to eliminate racial discrimination, it seems that a successful eradication of racism is not an option. Today, we still see hate crimes such as the Rodney King case of Los Angeles. Thus, while the Abolishment of
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This was because the country as a whole had not arranged an appropriate and effective way to deal with the consequences of freeing the slaves. America experienced a rise in white-supremacist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and witnessed the profound use of Jim Crow laws. These laws were established to create as segregated areas as possible. Each and every aspect of life had a sign acknowledging that their use was specifically for someone of color. At this time, American identities were defined by simply by one’s color; and/or one’s participation in certain beliefs and ideas that were heavily influenced by white supremacy attitudes.
Nearly two decades after the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of the war, Mark Twain began writing his novel Huckleberry Finn, a novel criticized for having racism in the spotlight. In Huckleberry Finn, honorable and honest slave, Jim, is hindered by the insidious racism of the White society in the South. Within the novel, Twain gives insight to how conflicting racism can be, both to the tormentors and those who are burdened. Twain attempts to prove that the result of such hate causes ethical misunderstanding. For instance, allegedly “good” white people such as Sally Phelps and Miss Watson display no awareness about the social inequality and discrimination of slavery. Widow Douglas and