Racism, Racism And Discrimination

1366 WordsJun 20, 20166 Pages
Racism and discrimination, with or without recognition or existence of the label that is tied to itself, has always been a large part of society that can be dated all the way back to the Fall of Man. It is apparent in books, such as To Kill a Mockingbird, and is expressed throughout the world today. In the early 1900s, racial discrimination was still very prominent, but has slowly digressed until recent years where it has taken new forms. The historical context, the distinguished novel To Kill a Mockingbird, and biblical principles all support the fact that racism has been an ongoing problem for many generations. In order to completely understand the historical context of racism and discrimination in the 1930s, the time at which To Kill a Mockingbird takes place, a clear and specific definition of racism is needed to prevent potential confusion. In the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, racism is defined as, “A belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.” (Merriam-Webster). This means that some people have the notion that another race -specifically blacks, in this point in time- is socially inferior to that of white people simply because they look different and may act different. They associate negative things to that specific race and belittle every person of that race no matter who they are as individuals. Most of the characters in Lee’s novel take on this racism as a
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