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To Kill A Mockingbird. About The Issues Of Racism That Are Brought Up In This Book That The Author, Harper Lee Touches On.

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Racism is a very serious issue that affects many people's lives. It is an issue that people need to realize the effect it has on this world. Racist people are destroying the world everyday by hatred towards another race. In To Kill A Mockingbird, racism is found in the town of Maycomb which affected the people greatly. Racism is clearly shownto originate from the lack of knowledge and understanding of people of a different race. For example, in this book, Tom Robinson was put on trial for something he didn't do, and was found guilty. Then, Atticus is being called racist names and receives no support from the majority of the people of Maycomb County with the exception of a few. Atticus gets a lot of criticism for trying to defend a black person. Finally, the fact that whites andblacks would have nothing to do with each other is pure racism.In To Kill A Mockingbird, the case is between an innocent black man, Tom Robinson, and a white man, Mr. Bob Ewell. Tom, being black, didn't have much of a chance to prove that he was innocent. Everyone knew that, but having an all white jury didn't help the situation either. The judge is polling the jury:"Guilty...guilty...guilty...guilty..." {211} Tom was found guilty. Not guilty because of the evidence, but guilty because of his race. Tom was sent to jail for a crime he did not commit. All because a cruel white man accused him of something horrible he did to his daughter. Back then if it was a white man's word against a black man's, the white man always won. It doesn't matter what the situation is. In this case, everyone knew Tom Robinson wasn't guilty, but no one would help him. Even if a person like Atticus did histo best to defend a case like this, it was impossible for anyone to change the way of things.Tom was black, so he is guilty. It was race that determined guilt. The people of Maycomb knew it was wrong, but they couldn't send Mr. Bob Ewell to jail over Tom Robinson.Even though Mr. Ewell is the guilty one involved they couldn't do it because he waswhite. Even the way they addressed white and black people, one as "Mr." and the other by his first name, is an indication of the racism of the town. Another situation showing racism is when Atticus accepts the job to defend Tom Robinson. Atticus is called a "nigger-lover." {74}This statement tells you right here that Maycomb's people are not only racist, but are cruel to those who are just and try to be fair and unprejudiced to those of another's race in an attempt to do what is right. Atticus was referred to as a "nigger-lover" simply because he was doing what was right and defending an innocent man like any lawyer should. Another thing is that Atticus was under tremendous pressure to not have a good enough defense to prove Tom was innocent, and all this time Atticus was having nothing but criticism thrown at him."Just what I said. Grandma says it's bad enough he lets you all run wild, but nowhe's turned out a nigger-lover we'll never be able to walk the...

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