Jem was furious to hear the verdict because he knew that it wasn’t made according to the law , but by Tom’s color. ‘It was Jem’s turn to cry. His face was streaked with angry tears as we made our way through the cheerful crowd.’(284) Racial prejudice was again emphasized when Calpurnia brought Jem and Scout to First Purchase and was confronted by Lula. ‘I wants to know why you bringin’ white chillun to nigger church’(158). There was racism that was directed towards the whites when Jem and Scout were brought to First Purchase and were not welcomed by Lula.
Negroes up North have no respect for people. They think they can get away with anything” (132). After being warned by her mom to pretend she did not know about Emmett, Ann is forced to suppress her feelings of anger towards the white people who committed this act. However, she also starts to feel resentment grow for the colored people who pretended to not care about his death. This anger at the Caucasian race for the inequality of the races eventually spurred Ann to join the NAACP, a group put together to fight racism and fight for equal rights.
Everybody in Maycomb county is affected by racism in one way or another; however there are three people who are particularly affected by it. Calpurnia, the black maid in the Finch residence, must lead two separate lives, one with black people and one with whites; they can never inter-mingle. Mister Dolphus Raymond is suppressed into pretending to be a drunk because he is a white man who marries a black woman, and has interracial children. Tom Robinson must suffer the most, he is seen as guilty for a crime he does not commit and sentenced to death, all because of the jury’s prejudice towards black people. Indeed, everyone in Maycomb County, whether they are black or white, is affected by racism, and sometimes all it takes to see it is a child.
Tom Robinson is later seen as guilty. Even though it is very obvious that Bob Ewell is guilty, mainly because Tom’s left hand is useless. Because of Tom’s race, the people who see him as innocent will be looked down upon. Racism killed Tom.
White people believed they were superior to the blacks and barely viewed them as human beings. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee writes accurate descriptions of how racism was ingrained in the daily lives of Americans such as Aunt Alexandra whose response to Scout as to why she cannot play with a black boy is "Because- he – is – trash, that’s why you can’t play with him". Alexandra is not giving Scout a real reason why because she has no reason other than she grew up with society telling her black and white children could not play together and was brainwashed into believing it. Another situation that shows the shocking segregation is when Cecil Jacobs asked a question about why the Jewish were persecuted in class "But that ain’t no cause to persecute ‘em. They’re white aren’t they?"
Before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 segregation in the United States was commonly practiced in many southern states. African Americans were discriminated against repeatedly in the south and laws did nothing to protect them. The segregation in the time was supposed to be “separate but equal” but it was hardly close to that. The federal v. state controversy affected many people in the 1960’s because no one wanted to integrate. The struggle of federal v. state is affecting the world today with gun control just as it affected the 1960’s with segregation and integration.
Atticus was his lawyer and it was a completely scandal because he is a white man defending a black man, no one would do that because the black people did not had rights in that time. But we can see that there were descent people like Atticus, that have clear that everyone is equal and he had to make justice in Maycomb; He would fight until the end, and he did, he showed enough evidence to expose Ewell….”Did you Called a doctor, Sheriff? Did anybody call a doctor? Asked Atticus, No sir, repeated Mr. Tate, Why not? Asked Atticus, Well I can tell you why I didn’t.
The first attempt to integrate Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas in September 1957 played an extremely important part in the black civil rights movement in America. Some of the causes of this were: Generational Racism The 1954 Supreme Court decision to integrate schools throughout America Eisenhower's little faith in supporting the black community in the south because it may make it worse. The first cause I will discuss with the Little Rock crisis was generational racism, that is racism from parent to child from when blacks were slaves. The consequences of this was the mind set that was in a fair amount of white citizens of Arkansas (racism). The families of the white students would not let this happen, and may have decided
Scout points out that the teacher’s own actions speak louder than her words and mentions that the teacher is being hypocritical because she herself is prejudice gainst the black people of their very own community, “How can you hate Hitler an’ turn around an’ be ugly about folks right at home” Hypocrisy is shown when people of Maycomb believe that they should treat everyone equally but really they are going through a very prejudiced trial in their town, “We American people don’t believe in persecuting anyone” 245 is said during the tea party scene by one of the ladies. This comment coming from a group who is supportive of persecuting an innocent black man at the time. The missionary ladies are not really sincere about helping black people because in their own town there are black people who they disregard as being people at all. They talk about how they need to be supportive of black people in another country but they are anything but supportive to those in their own
The Southern Chaste System: Rich, Poor, Black The South has always been a place of tradition, which has both positive and negative consequences. Harper Lee’s masterpiece To Kill a Mockingbird largely shows the negative or racist tendencies that the South has, and that escalated during the Great Depression. She shows class divisions, race divisions, and she shatters both with Tom Robinson’s actions. One of the major issues that Lee takes on with this book is the social divisions in the South during this time. The depression made these divisions even worse, at the height of the depression 12.