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The Importance Of Racism In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Race, a group of people of common ancestry, distinguished from others by physical characteristics, such as hair type, colour of eyes and skin, stature, etc. It seems that race is to right in the middle of problems these days. Racism is a very big problem in everyday life, it shouldn’t be a problem at all, but unfortunately, people don’t see others how they really are. They assume just by looking at a color. Author Harper Lee of To Kill A Mockingbird, took real-life race problems and used them as inspiration. These connections are Jim Crow laws, mob mentality, and the famous Scottsboro trials.
The first connection to America’s history is the presence of the Jim Crow laws in To Kill A Mockingbird. The Jim Crow laws were a number of rules african americans had to follow in order to survive and be “free” during the 1900’s. “A black man couldn’t offer a handshake to a white women, because the white women may/can accuse him of rape (Pilgrim 1). It’s absolutely insane to think about a man introducing himself and getting accused of rape or sexual assault.
In the novel, Jim Crow laws were very alive. It was alabama in the early 1900’s, there's gonna be a little tension between races. White people in the town of Maycomb ran everything and handled race the best way they thought they could. There was a fear of African americans, so white people tried to restrain them. An example in the novel is how Atticus was defending Tom Robinson, this breaks one of the Crow laws, in turn Atticus
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