Education In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States who signed the Civil Rights Act into law, once said, “Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men’s skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact.” Many are unaware of how much race affects their quality of education when it differs from the dominant white majority of the U.S. We don’t know whether it’s ignorance or the deliberate choice of not giving other races the same opportunity to succeed, but that is what we have set out to find. Throughout all of our literature, we see examples of people not receiving the same choices or opportunities as other citizens deemed “higher-class”, although…show more content…
One scenario was when Jem and Scout, a couple of white siblings, went to church with Calpurina, their black maid, because Jem and Scout’s father, Atticus Finch, was out of town and was unable to take them. Jem was asking why the church didn’t have any hymn books and Calpurina responded with “They can’t read.” This shows that the members of the church, who were predominantly black, could not read. Therefore, having hymn books would be useless. Jem and Scout both know how to read at their age, but the black people of the church, who are much older, do not. We can then infer that the black people did not receive the education necessary to learn how to…show more content…
Wolf Baldassoro, a conflict is portrayed where “three black parents resigned from the township’s human relations advisory council.” This was due to a failed attempt of banning the book. To Kill A Mockingbird is used in multiple schools all throughout the country and, through our personal experiences, opens up a whole new world of racism that can go as high as to a political point. Without ever reading this book, most students may not ever know of the events that take place because of racism. However, it was three black parents that acted this negatively to the rejection of banning the book, rather than three white parents. This may be because the black population may find that using this book, which shows many racist scenes towards the black community in the story, is offensive, especially as a form of education. Nonetheless, if students are not exposed to these types of scenarios, then they will never learn what had happened in the past and never learn from
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