Examples Of Racism In To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird, a classic tale with a meaning deeper than the simple story of childhood shenanigans, remains a staple in many classes throughout the US. The people of the town consistently express their racist values, and how there prejudice clearly divides white and black people. Beyond that, the contrast between knowing and not knowing consistently appears throughout the story. There are many different types of ‘not knowing,’ ranging from innocence to ignorance. The people of Maycomb are ignorant when it comes to race, and the Finch children are innocent and do not know what’s really involved with the case taken up by their father. In the beginning of the book, the children are fixated and intrigued by Boo Radley. He remains mysterious to the town of Maycomb, and they go around to all their neighbours to gather gossip and stories. Throughout “To Kill a Mockingbird” there are many…show more content…
Maudie, Atticus, and Judge Taylor are racist. People of colour are mistreated, and their word holds very little power among the white people. Although most of the white people in Maycomb would often not explicitly come out and verbalize their intolerance, they instead use certain wording to imply the prejudice. When Atticus discusses someone racist in Calpurnia’s presence, Aunt Alexandra later reprimanded him. She said that it only encourages the black people in Maycomb, and now they’re talking at night. Atticus responds with “I don’t know of any law that says they can’t talk. Maybe if we didn’t give them so much to talk about they’d be quiet.” (page 210) When Scout’s teacher, Miss Gates, assigns a project on presenting current events, and one student brings up Hitler. When children ask how he could be so cruel as to kill people just because they’re jewish. Miss Gates explains that the doesn’t have the prejudice that the Germans have due to democracy. She doesn’t even acknowledge the racism problem in
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