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Then And Now Essay

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Racism a problem in the 1930’s. It is also a problem now. In America we have the attitude that our rights supersede the rights of anyone different then us. We don’t have the right to make laws for any other race. The Jim Crow laws are gone but have they been replaced by new laws? Is saying that your racially paranoid any different then saying your racist? How is scanning the Middle eastern man before he gets on a plain any different from keeping the black man out of the store? Why does the color of someone’s skin dictate our comfort level around them?
Dan Davison adopted to an all white family in the late 60’s. This was incredibly uncommon. Years later he is grown up and in high school. He is dating a white girl. This girls father happens to be a racist. One day Dan goes over and the girl’s father decides to show him his gun collection. It’s the early 80’s and racism is alive and well.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” Said Dr Martin Luther King Jr. in his I have a dream speech. It’s 2000. One day a week my cousin would come to play with me. He was black. Some times we would go to the zoo or other places. I was a lot like Scout I didn’t understand Racism. I thought I was mistaken when I saw them looking at us. It never crossed my mind that my cousin was different in any way he was my friend.
The Jim Crow laws racist and unjust. There were even laws saying that the promotion of equality is punishable by a five hundred dollar fine six years in prison. In school black children could not even use books that white children had used and vise versa. Interracial marriages were also deemed illegal. (nps)
One day snow fell in Maycomb Alabama. So Jem and scout decide to make a snowman. The problem is that they don’t have enough snow for a snowman. So they decide to use mud then pack snow on top of it. This shows the innocence of children they didn’t see anything wrong with a snowman thats whit on top but black underneath. Not the way the adults in the town would. (lee 88-90)
There is no way we are born racist because we are born not knowing what race is. Racism is a learned behavior. When you are young you listen to your parents. As we get older we also learn from current events like Nine Eleven. Now any person that look like they might be of Middle Eastern descent makes us nervous. We let the actions of the few dictate the perception of the many. We are quick to point out the flaws tan mistakes of other cultures but rarely acknowledge our own.
Scout and Jem go to church with Calpurnia. Very soon after they get into the church they are approached by Lula. Lula is asking Calpernia why there are white children in the church. Calpurnia tells her “They’s my comp’ney.”. Scout at this point is wondering why Calpernia is talking strangely. Scout and Jem are now feeling quite unwelcome because of Lula. ...

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