Racial and Social Prejudice
Imagine walking into a hallway and being ridiculed and prejudged based off of race, social class, or gender. Most believe that prejudice is a form of judging, but prejudice is a preconceived idea of passed down generation’s opinions. Maycomb County is a little town in Alabama, where everyone knows everybody and gossip travels fast. Common prejudices used in Maycomb were racial, gender, and social. The victims of these prejudices were members of the Maycomb community: Boo Radley who was judged for choosing to abide in his home, Tom Robinson for being colored, and the Ewells because they live in poverty. Racial, social, and gender prejudice is wrong because it holds a back from creating relationships and divides groups of individuals causing other groups to gain control.
Blacks in Maycomb County were constantly being judged and criticized for things that have happened in the past, and were often over-looked due to the social hierarchy. Maycomb County has not seen change in its lifetime, which is consequently the reason that blacks were viewed to be an inferior population and were at the bottom of the social hierarchy. The social hierarchy in Maycomb is based on how well known and respected one was in the community. “There are four kinds of folks in the world. There’s the ordinary kind like us and the neighbors, kinds like the Cunninghams out in the woods, kinds like the Ewells in the dump, then there are negroes”(226). No matter what level of respect or social status you have in the community, all whites were put before blacks; this explains the Tom Robinson trial. Tom Robinson was a colored man who was wrongfully accused and convicted for raping a white woman. Granted that some blacks may fall into the stereotype of not having a plan, or a lack of intelligence, but if blacks were socially accepted into the community they could behave differently. When Maycomb County finally allows change to occur within its community, they will soon adjust the way that they think about the members within its community.
Women in Maycomb County were to comply with the expectations of men, one being women were not allowed to have a place on a jury. Through the eyes of men in Maycomb, women were fragile and could not perform tasks like having a job. The women in Maycomb were not given the same rights as the rest of the members in the community. “There are a lot of reasons. For one thing, Miss Maudie can’t serve on a jury because she’s a woman” (118). Men believed women could not perform tasks that men could, although many women could exceed...