Racism, Sexism, And Classism

1188 Words Apr 13th, 2016 5 Pages
Merlyn Manoj
April 13, 2016
Period 2
Kale

Then and Now: Changes of Racism, Sexism, and Classism

In To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Jem and Scout, the protagonists in the book, experience and learn about the problems of racism, sexism, and classism when their father, Atticus, agrees to defend Tom Robinson, an African American, in a trial. Set in the 1930s, most people were treated unfairly because of their race, gender, or social class. Even though problems about race, gender, and class decreased over time, these problems are still very prevalent today. Even though racism decreased dramatically over the past decades, there are still problems today that are strikingly similar to the problems in To Kill A Mockingbird. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus explains to Jem and Scout about the unfairness of court: “when it 's a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins. They 're ugly, but those are the facts of life” (Lee 220). Even though this was set in the 1930’s, juries from court still have a racial bias to this day. In fact, from the Sentencing Project, an organization that advocates change in sentencing policy and advocating alternatives to incarceration, it has been shown that African Americans are “six times more likely to be incarcerated than white males… if current trends continue, one of every three black Americans can expect to go to prison in his lifetime” (Sentencing Project 1). In the United States, people have come a…
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