Prejudice In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Prejudice as we know it is forming a judgment on someone with no grounds or basis to form a somewhat correct notion. To recap, the official definition of prejudice is “an opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.” (Merriam-Webster) From ancient civilizations to modern times, prejudice has always been in human nature. Since the ancient times, the gravity of prejudice has not subsided, but deteriorated. Here are some modern day examples of how prejudice is intensifying from literature and the real world.

My first examples are presented in the award-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, where many examples of prejudice are shown. The first ...view middle of the document...

With such examples of prejudice, it can be said that prejudice one of the most prominently occurring topics.

Though the college admissions process is widely considered to be strictly holistic and fair, few people know that race actually plays an impact on someone’s chance of admissions. This is testified by a 2012 major Supreme Court Case in which a 22 year old named Abigail Fisher sued the University of Texas-Austin. Miss Abigail Fisher applied to the University of Texas-Austin, and she was rejected by the admissions department of the school. To convey that she felt like she was discriminated, Abigail Fisher says “There were people in my class with lower grades who weren’t in all the activities I was in who were being accepted into UT and the only difference between us was the color of our skin.” (Fisher) Abigail argues that she was rejected because the university favored minorities and it was part of the university’s overall goal to make diversify the campus. A past case in 2003 named Grutter vs. Bollinger said that colleges can consider race as long as there are no quotas. However, Abigail Fisher argues that the university’s consideration of race is completely unconstitutional and that she was rejected because of preconceptions and quotas. This is an example of prejudice in present day as it involves a college allegedly discriminating because of skin color. It is also a depiction of how prejudice because of...

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