Racist Attitudes Of Americans Essay

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The majority of murders in the United States occur with black people. Ever since slavery, black people have been considered inferior to whites in the United States. Characteristics of a good human include being nice, careful, and generous, while a bad human is mean and does not care for others. In American society, racist attitudes bring out the worst in human behavior, as reflected in American literature. This trend is imminent in: “The Death of Emmett Till”, by Bob Dylan; the exclusion of Crooks in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men; the case of Tom Robinson in To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee; and the rights of the Youngers in A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry.
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The others on the ranch are hurting Crooks by excluding him, without even realizing it.
To add even more fuel to the fire is Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. One of the recurring themes of this novel is the case of Tom Robinson and the racism associated with it. In the eyes of Jem, Tom Robinson is clearly innocent; however, the wiser Reverend Sykes knows that the jury will be biased against Robinson. "'Now don’t you be so confident, Mr. Jem, I ain't ever seen any jury decide in favor of a colored man over a white man...’” (279). Racist attitudes do not belong anywhere in our country, especially in our courts. It is wrongful for the members of a court to convict a man based on the color of his skin. This specific incident ultimately led to the conviction of Robinson and his eventual shooting.
The final indication of this is in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. In the play, the Youngers desperately want to move into a house big enough to support their entire family. When they think they have the perfect fit, they encounter a bump in the

today in the ghost-robed Ku Klux Klan.” (26-27). Americans’ racist attitudes are devastating the lives of many black people, including Emmett Till.

Another example that stands out is Crooks in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. Crooks is sitting alone in the barn, and Lennie comes in, trying to make friends. Crooks is frustrated...

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