A prejudiced society is usually ignorant of its flaws, many prejudiced people do not realise the extent of their hypocrisy. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), Scout and Jem encounter prejudice in their little southern town of Maycomb, in which many social divisions exist. Maycomb County harbours many kinds of prejudices, and this lack of acceptance negatively affects many characters, which are stereotyped based on their race, economic status and level of education. Firstly, the 1930’s have large amounts of racial tension between strangers, neighbour, and even fellow family members. The white community feels that the black people are beneath them in the world.
History Sources Analysis Task 1. Source 5, an historian’s account, discusses the Jim Crow laws. Two points that can be made about these laws are, firstly its stereotypical image of black people was that they had poor etiquette. This was because black people were seen in society as the lower class in comparison to white people. Secondly, the white people thought they were inferior and so they felt no shame in making fun of them at minstrels.
They discriminate against blacks, mulattos, the poor, and people they do not even know any information about. Blacks encountered most of the discrimination, by the people of Maycomb. Tom Robinson is a black man that is accused of raping a poor girl names Mayella Ewell. Atticus Finch the father of Scout and
Prejudice is Everywhere “There’s nothing more sickening to me than a low-grade white man who’ll take advantage of a Negro’s ignorance” (Lee 221). Atticus, the narrator’s father in To Kill a Mockingbird, expresses his disgust in the manner of how white men treat the African-American race. This part of the novel is only one example of the prejudices observed in To Kill a Mockingbird, as the novel highlights the issue throughout. Racism was a major issue a large number of men, women, and even children had to face during the time periods of the novels To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Scout, the protagonist of To Kill a Mockingbird, is a young girl living in Maycomb, Alabama.
Have you ever been in a situation were you or someone you knew have been discriminated due to the color of their skin? It seems that everywhere we go there are at least subliminal showings of some sort of racism. Many countries in the world are very nationalistic and show disapproval and hate for some foreigners. “Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don't pretend to understand.” (Atticus) In To Kill a Mocking Bird, there are a few incidents full of racism. On of them would be when the African American character Calpurnia takes Jem and Scout, two white children, to her church.
Compared to other races, they got humiliated, enslaved and denied fundamental rights by the whites. Moreover, by virtue of being considered as inferior, they were not allowed to vote. The laws enacted were also discriminatory against the blacks. The whites justified their actions by claiming that the laws of the state provided for the place of each race, and the status quo must be
He is also seen as inferior to everyone else. The narrator struggles to meet these standards mainly because of his skin color, which people use against him. In the time period, black men were expected to be average working class citizens. The narrator of the story, IM, struggles
She shows it through Atticus, Tom Robinson and the Negro community and Arthur “Boo” Radley. Social inequality can happen to someone because of a choice they made like Atticus or because of his or her color like the Negroes in the book or even because you are antisocial like Arthur. The era of the story had a big affect on all the examples because in the thirties it was wrong for a white man to actually try to defend a black man and, it was expected that Negroes were bad people when they were not. With Arthur’s case it is different, his was because of the fact they lived in a small town where everyone was in each others’ business
How far do you agree that the black power hindered the black civil rights in 1960’s ? The black power movement referred to a group of African Americans who wanted change in America, socially, politically and economically. They wanted better jobs, education and services and generally the rights they felt they were entitled to. The rights they wanted can be seen in the Black Panther’s 10 point plan. It could be argued that the arrival of the black power movement did hinder the fight for black civil rights in 1960’s because of the negative media attention it gained because of the violent method used.
Before Jim Crow, black people were receiving more rights then they had ever had in America. Jim Crow seemed to only be a setback for blacks. One damaging effect that Jim Crow had on the community was that it had a detrimental effect on the education of children, especially of those who lived in the south. The government completely neglected the educational needs of black children. Black schools consisted of poorly trained teachers, lack of supplies, and poorly constructed schools.