Racial Prejudice and Oppression in Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

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Racial Prejudice and Oppression in Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird 'Democracy,' she said. 'Does anybody have a definition?' ... 'Equal rights for all, special privileges for none' (Lee 248). To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee's only novel, is a fictional story of racial oppression, set in Maycomb, A.L. in 1925 to 1935, loosely based on the events of the Scottsboro trials. Unlike the story however, the racial discrimination and oppression in the novel very accurately portrays what it was like in the 1920's and 1930's in the south. Tom Robinson, the black man accused of raping a poor low class white girl of 19, never stood a chance of getting a fair trial. This can be supported by giving examples of racially discriminatory and…show more content…
The article doesn't discuss why the reservation was cancelled, but the fact that De Priest was "... scheduled to address a Negro fraternal convention," ("Birmingham Bars Hall") clearly is the reason why. Most white people in the south during this time didn't like seeing black people gaining power or become independent. The simple facts that De Priest was a national representative for Illinois in addition to being black would have angered many whites in the south during this time period. The actual event of having him come to their city to address a gathering of black men would have most likely infuriated many white people. Mr. Jones didn't decide to bar De Priest from the auditorium because it 'needed to be fumigated.' He, with the prompting of many others, barred De Priest because they didn't want to see a black man in power. They wanted him to remain oppressed. This is only one example of the racial prejudice and oppression that was so prevalent in the south during this time. Another actual event that clearly provides an example of the extreme discrimination and oppression of blacks that was so common place in the south back in the 1920's and 1930's, involves Oscar De Priest's Wife. As recounted in they July 3, 1929 edition of the New York Times, "The Mississippi House of Representatives ... unanimously concurred in the adoption of the Senate resolution 'unreservedly disapproving' the entertainment at the White House of the wife of
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