Racism in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

584 WordsFeb 23, 20182 Pages
The white male shows obvious signs that he is hijacking a car and continues to do so for 30 minutes, but bystanders are not even giving him second glance. A policeman passes by without even intervening with what the white male is doing. The black male does the same, but there are whispering among the spectators and looks of disapprovals are given. 2 minutes later, a policeman approaches the black male, swears and says, “Get your hands behind your back”. It’s in human nature to have this evil assumption that someone different from them is an immoral being. In this case, white skin to black skin. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee takes place during the 1930’s in the small town of Maycomb. A quiet, humble, and respectable black man, Tom Robinson, is accused of raping a white girl, Mayella. No man steps up to defend this man, for blacks were deeply looked down upon. But Atticus, Scout’s father, makes it his job to defend Tom against all the odds, for it is the right thing to as well as to uphold his own morals. When it comes to equality for Atticus, whether one is poor or rich, black or white, all humans are equal no matter what. Readers see Atticus’s firm standpoint on equality as he defends Tom Robinson in the courtroom and through his lessons to his children, Scout and Jem. As Tom Robinson’s trial draws to a conclusion, Atticus makes his final comeback, declaring that Mayella kissed Tom who is a black male. In doing so, she did something that was so unspeakable in society
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