Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird Essay

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Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird The United States has been dealing with the issue of racism ever since Columbus landed on Plymouth Rock. The Indians were the first to endure harsh racism in this country. Pilgrims moving west ran them off their land wiping out many tribes and destroying many resources in their path. However, when many think of racism today, the issue of blacks and whites is the first to come to mind. African Americans have come a long way in today’s society as compared to the society their ancestors had to overcome. But just as far as we have come, there is still a long way we must go. Harper Lee, author of To Kill A Mockingbird, clearly depicts racism and what it was like in the nineteen-thirties through the…show more content…
One of the laws that Alabama had was this; “It shall be unlawful for a Negro and white person to play together or in company with each other at any game of pool or billiards” (Martin Luther 1). This law, as stupid as it may sound, was once a reality. Throughout these times of hardship in the south, many African Americans were wrongfully accused in our court systems all over the south. One case that sticks out above all of the rest of this time, was the trials of the Scottsboro Boys. This case involved nine young African American teenagers who were all accused of rape by two other young white girls. March 25, 1931 was the time and Scottsboro, Alabama was the setting. Here two girls Victoria Price and Ruby Bates, accused nine other black boys of rapping them after a fight with a white gang erupted among the blacks on board the train headed towards Scottsboro. Theses boys were damned from the very beginning merely because they were of black descent. In the police station that night, Miss Price pointed out six of the nine guys that supposedly raped her. As for the other three boys, the guard reportedly replied, “If those six had miss Price, it stands to reason that the others had Miss Bates”(Linder 1). This guard was pushed to believe the other three guilty from the racism already established within him. A crowd of several hundred men, hoping for a good old-fashioned lynching,
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