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.
Drowning in her own pool of ignorance, Lula criticizes Jem and Scout’s presence at the black church despite their relation to Atticus Finch, the one lawyer in America self-righteous enough to defend a black man. On top of that, Lula puts her own community at risk just to make a point. For example, if any white child either than Jem and Scout had accompanied Calpurnia to church; Lula’s behavior would lead to the churches ‘early demise. Yet, she still defies Jim Crow Laws to make a
” It was ridiculous to think that a white girl had any desire for a black man. He also said he felt sorry for her and that’s why he decided to help her. This made it seem like Tom thought he was better off than Mayella, which could be totally true, but none of the whites of Maycomb want to hear it. Harper Lee, having grown up in the south, understood the rifts in society and she displayed them in her book. She also showed how trivial they are by looking at them from a child’s point of view and by making Tom Robinson break all of them to save his own
This is racial discrimination because Ms. Lula is basically saying that they are not welcome at that church because they are white, not African American. Another example of this is Tom Robinson's trial. The jury convicted him in the rape of Mayella Ewell not because of evidence, but because of the color of his skin. I hate racism, it makes me sick. It is just pointless hatred because, they are people just like everybody else and everyone should be treated as such no matter the color of their skin.
Prejudgments are harmful because they limit the lives of the stereotyped individual and the person doing the stereotyping. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee shows the negative effects of stereotyping at its extreme. Many people know that stereotyping is unfair and unjust, but most do it anyway, and the main reason this is done so much is still not understood. One of the major stereotypes in this novel is the categorizing people into certain groups based on their family history. There are many ways to judge people, and Harper Lee shows some very typical stereotypes in To Kill a Mockingbird.
Next the mixed children are completely alone and ignored because of their background. The author demonstrates that although justice is "a right to every person" racism overrides this right. Tom Robinson is a prime example of injustice. He is wrongly accused and convicted because he is a black man. Even though he is innocent, because he is black, there is almost no chance he will win.
(Page 217/218) No black man should feel sorry for a white person. The witnesses of this cross examination were shocked and this shows how prejudice they were- they believed that no black man can feel sorry for their superiors. Another factor that was deeply prejudice during Tom Robinson’s trial, was when Mr Gilmer has trouble trusting Tom’s statement when Tom says that he helped Mayella out of kindness and no money. He did not believe a black man could do a simple chore from the goodness of their heart for nothing! Also when Tom is called big buck- Mr Gilmer is treating Tom as if he were more of an animal.
From the racial prejudice used against Tom Robinson, to the economical prejudice against the Cunningham family, To Kill a Mockingbird has shown how people in Maycomb look at people. This book truly shows how the people in Maycomb Alabama are prejudice towards each other. It is very devastating that people would ever treat people like this and be prejudice like they are in this
Richard’s grandmother was always excessively beating him. From the beginning, Richard would not subdue himself to the white man like the other black people around. The white people knew that he was different from other black men. Whites were scared because Richard challenged the system that they had created to insure white supremacy. They feared Richard, and some of the white people felt it necessary to act out their racist feelings in order to cover up their fear.
Through To Kill A Mockingbird, the reader puts on the shoes of a little girl, Scout, and traipses through this familiar town and learns of social injustice by seeing it affect not only a member of the town, but her own father. The societal ills To Kill A Mockingbird comments on the most are race and the morality of acceptance. Race is the central issue of To Kill A Mockingbird. With Scout being white and coming from a seemingly middle class family, she does not understand racism or its effects on those for whom the hatred is intended. Scout’s hero, her father Atticus, says to her, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view .