The Most Conspicuous Form Of Discrimination

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Racialism: the most conspicuous form of discrimination in our novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Our book is set in Maycomb, Alabama in the 1950s; one of our central character, Atticus Finch, defends an African-American named Tom Robinson against a white woman for assault and rape. Atticus makes a controversial decision of taking a stand for a black man; which causes confusion and drama. Even his daughter, Scout Finch, questioned why he is justifying for an African-American; he replied by stating, “ Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.” (101). Judging from Atticus’ background personality and character, it makes sense for him to vindicate Tom Robinson; even if Atticus…show more content…
Atticus believes everyone needs to treat and judge others based on their mentality and personality as opposed to their race; showing that he agrees with the idea of racial equality. When Atticus and a relative, Uncle Jack, were having a heated discussion about the upcoming trial, Atticus says, “I hope and pray I can get Jem and Scout through it without bitterness, and most of all, without catching Maycomb’s usual disease. Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a n-word comes up...” (117). Atticus believes it is ludicrous and absurd how people are treated with complete differentiation just because of their race. Proving that Atticus vindicating Tom Robinson is the idea of living by the Golden Rule, which is what he wants his children to do as well. Atticus is setting an example for his children, Scout and Jem, by defending Tom Robinson. When Scout inquired about why he is vindicating the defendant Tom Robinson, Atticus says,” The main one is, if I didn’t I couldn’t hold up my head in town, I couldn’t represent this county in the legislature. I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again.” (100). Atticus strives to teach and show Scout and Jem to always do the right thing by example rather than words, but the lessons he show is what he truly believe and is part of his disposition. In Chapter 9, Scout talks to Atticus about horrendous words and phrases said at primary school. He responds by stating,” You might hear some ugly
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