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Black Vs. White, Who Wins The Fight?

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Despite the generation in which an individual is born no society has escaped the wrath of racism. From the Native Americans in Jamestown to the immigrants of Ellis Island, even today racism continues with the Muslims being accused of 9-11 and other terrorist attacks. Although racism has changed from the early 1800’s to today, it is still present. To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in the southern town of Maycomb where the citizens struggle with racism, the meaning of courage and family status. The award winning book is told from the point of view of Scout Finch’s, a young girl growing up in the 1930’s. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee racism is displayed by two children building a ...view middle of the document...

Even though the white snow lead to the desired effect, the snow man would not be standing without support from the black soil. After the snowman is completed the Finch children marvel their creation and Scout points out, “Mr. Avery’s sort of shaped like a snowman, ain’t he “ (89). The snowman is not like Mr. Avery just because of his looks, Mr. Avery is the worst person in the book, he behaves worse than the blacks are “expected” to act but because of the color of his skin he is treated better than anyone black community.
Racism was like a disease in the early 1900s, separating water fountains, schools and busses, even churches are not spared from racism. In Maycomb the two churches are separated between white and black community members. Racism isn’t always whites discriminating against other races. When Jem and Scout attend First Purchase, a “black” church, with Cal not everyone is very welcoming, Lula greets the children rudely, “I wanna know why you’re bringin’ white chullun to a n****r church.” (158). It’s not that Lula doesn’t like white people, it’s because she’s scared of them. Lula, along with a majority of black people in the 1930s, has probably grown up feeling like the white people are rubbing their wealth and education in her face. Lula felt threatened and her immediate reaction to the while children is defense, similar to the Native Americans, when Jamestown was established. The Native Americans attacked because they felt threatened by the Englishmen, having their land taken away and being treated unfairly. Cal doesn’t understand the black community’s beliefs about allowing white people in the black church and she says, “It’s the same God ain’t it?”(158). Cal probably is so open to mixing races because Atticus is her boss and treats her well and with respect. The blacks probably did not want whites in their church because the blacks were not allowed in the white church. Even at Scouts young age she understood how peoples’ attitudes aout them coming to a black church, “I agreed: they did not want us here"(159). The people of First Purchase were selective and not open to change about who was allowed to attend. The selectiveness of the members of First Purchase is similar to Ellis Island, many people wanted to enter America but the workers of the island were very selective about who was allowed in.
The Tom Robinson Trial made the citizens of Maycomb see how racist they are. The trial itself is unfair, an innocent back man is accused of raping a white woman, a crime he didn’t commit. At the beginning of the trial, Revrend leans over and says to the Finch children, “I ain’t ever seen a jury decide in the favor of a black….” (249)....

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