This is not an isolated situation, but a constant and recognizably unchanging event that was part of life for a black person during the 1950's. This kind of racism became such a common occurrence that soon the victims began to believe that the insults were true. Geraldine's family is an example of such hatred, as she shapes her life, family, and son to reject their heritage; the color of their skin and accept inferiority. Geraldine molds her son's views by telling him only to play with "White kids; his mother did not like him to play with niggers. She had explained to him the difference between colored people and niggers.
Whites were terrified of the idea of a successful Black that anytime they stepped “out of line” they were brutally beaten, harassed or worse similar to the case of the three men in Memphis, lynched. Living as a Black woman in the segregated South Wells witnessed firsthand how racial hatred was affecting the growth of Blacks. This gross injustice defining Black life inspired her to launch a crusade against lynching until her death in 1931. Throughout her examination of economic and social causes of racial oppression such as share cropping, racial riots, voting and the idea of Black males raping white women, she developed her theoretical analysis of lynching in the South. The nation, in theory, believed that they had solved the issue of racism in the United States: not only was the Civil War over, but also, the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments were passed.
Therefore, the black community in Maycomb was crippled with fear. A fear that they will get lynched for a crime they did not commit. Stereotyping is a human instinct. We will always stereotype people's race, class and families. When Aunt Alexandra lived with the Finches, she said this to Scout about the Cunninghams, "Because he is trash, that's why you cant play with him.
Helga deciding that she wants to leave Naxos she was upset with the racists remarks and wasn’t happy as a teacher. Her fiancé James didn’t excite her. Helga needed to live her life her way and be happy. When dealing with her white side of the family she misses her black side. Moving to Chicago with her uncle Peter on her black side of the family her uncle rejects her, her aunt harasses her stating that she is not his real niece and she is not Helga’s aunt.
What we see in the short story is not racism, because Mrs. Wilson is just a women with and ignorance which makes her prejudiced. She has the most wrong way to judge people. She assumes that his father had to work hard in order to feed the family, and that he cannot work in the company with a high status. She connects every black people with poverty, and look at them as stereotypes. “After you my dear Alphonse” is written ironic because we hear Johnny say to Boyd “After you my dear Alphonse”, but Mrs. Wilson thinks that all black people are poor and underfed, so it should be Boyd, who say it to Johnny.
However, Uncle didn’t know the truth behind this brutal and aggressive accident where Scout, not Francis gets in trouble. This accident shows the way it was normal to say about black people because parents who were disrespectful for slaves, were showing racism to their children. However, Scout accepts this phrase as a horrible thing because she knows that Atticus is not like other people-he respects everybody and does not teach Scout and Jem to be racists because it
Monday, June, 18, 2012 "To Kill A Mockingbird" The Injustices of Racism The novel "To Kill A Mockingbird" written by Harper Lee is about the life of a family living in a small town in Alabama. In the 1930s a person could be hated, outlawed and wanted dead because of the colour of their skin. The main topic is injustice. First Tom Robinson is wrongly accused and convicted because he is a black man, then Atticus, Scout and Jem are made fun of and gossiped about by the town. Next the mixed children are completely alone and ignored because of their background.
In the case of the black community, they were often discriminated against just because of the color of their skin, this showed the racism present during the time. Likewise, with Aunt Alexandra, when she called the Cunninghams trash because of their low place in the social hierarchy in the town. Both of these examples showed just how much prejudice there was during the 1930’s. Furthermore, there were the foolish rumors of Boo Radley circulating around the town, this symbolized the pettiness and the amount the town judged others based on their differences. Along with the fact that Atticus shot the infected Mad dog, Tim Johnson, which symbolized the death of the town’s madness.
After his conviction for murder and rape of a young white school teacher, the KKK declined dramatically in Indiana. There was also law suits for unpaid taxes that raised the question of its moral decline. The KKK gained public intention, but it was not all about praising its belief. Followed the death of the person who is in charge of the KKK publicity, the media questioned its morals and intentions. A wave of physical terror was launched in 1927 that the KKK targeted both blacks and whites for violation of racial norms that led to strong backlash in the media.
Black boys: Women: “Animalistic persona” “Racism of his time in a satirical tone” “Turn reader to the derogatory treatment of African Americans” Introduction: The Aides in Kesey's novel, who are also called "black boys," negatively portray blacks as inferior to white people in society. The aides had a poor, rough childhood growing up as seen by their lack of education as seen in the quote "`Why, who you s'pose signed chief Bromden up for this foolishness? Inniuns ain't able to write'" (191). Their aides' hatred of the patients stems from their rough childhood. They are also cast as irresponsible and unable to carry out simple jobs.