Racism, Injustice, and Discrimination in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird

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Racism, Injustice, and Discrimination in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird According to Shackleford, “The novel portrays a young girl's love for her father and brother and the experience of childhood during the Great Depression in a racist, segregated society, which uses superficial and materialistic values to judge outsiders, including the powerful character Boo Radley” (Shackelford). The main character relates closely with her father because he is the superior role model in her life. Having her mother die when she was very young caused her Dad to become a single parent which caused him to hire help to assist him with the children. (Shackleford). For example, Atticus hired Calpurnia, the black housekeeper as a surrogate mother for the…show more content…
Just standin' on the Radley porch was enough.” The novel discusses how the African American community would not have any conversation for one of the main characters, Mayella Ewell, simply because she was white (Lee 19.162). The novel points out various areas where the racial epithet “nigger” or “nigger-lover” is used. Atticus discusses the term “nigger-lover” to Scout in chapter eleven, stating that ignorant trashy people use it and anyone who uses that term should be shameful (Lee 11.107-109). Jem and Scout experience racism first-hand when they attend church with Calpurnia when a member of the church says to Calpurnia “….., "You ain't got no business bringin' white chillun here—they got their church, we got our'n.(Lee12.48-52) It is our church, ain't it, Miss Cal?". The comment was voiced to Calpurnia although the children did hear the statement. Jem and Scout have an intimate conversation about what it means to be truly Negros. How does this offer racial significance? In the novel Jem made the statement “…but around here once you have a drop of Negro blood, that makes you all black. (Lee 16.78-81)". Does this statement suggest that you will never be equal if you have black blood
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