Racial Discrimination and Injustice in the South Essay

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Racial Discrimination and Injustice in the South As in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee there was a great deal of injustice in the south in the early 1900s and before. Things only seemed to get worse when the depression. “We were always poor, but the Depression was definitely worse”(Johnson). The fiction in the book could very well be based on real facts of the way the blacks were treated in the past. Blacks of the time could not get a fair chance in real life or in the book. For that reason Tom Robinson could never have gotten a fair trial in Alabama in the 1930’s. The most significant event that led up to the way that blacks of the time were treated was the Civil War. Even though it was not solely fought to end slavery…show more content…
“A Mississippi lynch mob of 2,000 burns an accused black rapist alive, a coroner’s jury returns a verdict of death ‘due to unknown causes,’ and Mississippi governor Theodore G. Bilbo says the state has ‘neither the time nor the money’ to go in to the matter” (Trager 792). The government in the South was not willing to give the blacks a break. The formation of the Ku Klux Klan after the Civil War was to be part of the cause of the troubles that the blacks had in later years. “The original Ku Klux Klan had been founded as little more than a friendly club in 1866. The founders, a group of bored Confederate troopers, felt the need for a club to recapture some wartime comradeship and excitement” (Taylor 1142). This original intent did not last long. Soon they took on their self-appointed duty of keeping white supremacy. This idea of white supremacy even extended against Jews, Catholics, and foreigners. The Klan would burn crosses in the yards of blacks and other people that were believed to sympathize with the black race. The Klan got so powerful that they decided that they should become political. Many officials in high-ranking government jobs were either Klansmen or supported by the Klan. They held offices in the north as well as the South. Not only could the blacks not get a break from government offices and their neighbors, but they were also heavily discriminated against by the courts. “The nation’s capital was abuzz today with the news
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