Relationship between "How to Kill a Mockingbird" and "Mississipi Burning"
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Feature Article: "If you ain't better then a nigger, then who you better then?"
What is a "nigger"? "Used as a disparaging term for a Black person" in the modern world, calling a black man, a nigger would be offensive and would be racist.
What is racism? "Racism is a form of discrimination based on race, especially the belief that one race is superior to another. Racism may be expressed individually and consciously, through explicit thoughts, feelings or acts, or socially and unconsciously through institutions that promote inequality between races."
Racism is relevant in society today as well as the past, where there was different kinds of racism, through colour, gender etc. But, there is a different meaning of racism in the texts, "To…show more content…
In this case, it is the innocent children- Scout, Jem, and Dill- who are wounded by the unthinking cruelty of the adult community. They grow up carrying a burden of guilt and shame for a system they had no part in creating. Still other victims are the eccentrics and individualists like Dolphus Raymond, who has to give up their pride and place in the community in order to live and think as they please.
Harper Lee purposely used Scout as the narrator to portray that racism is shown differently in children and in adults. The "Killing of a Mockingbird" is relevant in today's society, when children bully their peers in the school playground just for their own enjoyment and making the person being bullied feel bad for no particular reason. In the context of the book, Scout broke her promise to Atticus, her father about fighting at school: "My fists were clenched I was ready to make fly. Cecil Jacobs had announced the day before that Scout Finch's daddy defended niggers." This quote has a relation to the metaphor of discrimination "To Kill a Mockingbird".
I remember the times when I have physically, mentally and emotionally bullied someone just for a small laugh among my peers, as I held a deep thought into these moments, it became more personal to me I realised how I would feel if someone did the exact same thing to me. I personally know how it feels