To Kill A Mockingbird: An Investigation Of Racism In America

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Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird is well renowned for giving accurate insight on racism in the southern United States in the early twentieth century, an issue that is still controversial in present day. Racism creates inequalities amongst different ethnic groups that have implications on the mental well being of individuals. The culture of racism needs to be put to an end as it is destructive for all members of society.
Racism creates multiple inequalities among society. In this sense, inequality is created when individuals are dehumanized within the justice system when characterized by stereotypes and degrading labels. Bob Ewell’s degrading testimony, “[h]e stood up and pointed his finger ...view middle of the document...

At his trial, Mr. Robinson testifies that, “I picks [cotton] for Mr. Link Deas.” (Lee, 255), to make a living. Racists believe that blacks are not good for much other than farming and consequently, blacks are not given the same opportunities for education. Since the blacks do not have the same education, they are not represented in many influential professions such as politicians and businessmen. As a result of inadequate representation in all tiers of the economic ladder, financial equality for minorities is made impossible. Lastly, social interaction with visible minorities provokes racists to exclude those who interact with these minorities, creating an inequality amongst persons of identical race. Dolphus Raymond, a white man, reveals to the children, “some folk’s — don't like the way I live…. I try to give ’em a reason [by pretending to be an alcoholic]” (Lee, 268). Mr. Raymond pretending to be an alcoholic to avert criticism for marrying a black woman shows that if he does not give society a reason for his choices, he would be treated unequally. For even the slightest prospect at equality, racism has to end, however this is impossible in a society where minorities are poorly treated, decried, and considered subpar to the predominantly white society.
The lack of equality amongst different races subsequently brings about negative consequences that recklessly hurt individuals psychologically, regardless of race. Racism hurts individuals as it contributes to the corruption of innocent minds. Atticus is an excellent human being and leads the children into believing society acts in a manner similar to him. However, after the trial unfolds, the children learn through exposure to racism that not everyone is fair to others, which leads to Scout concluding that , “Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed” (Lee, 323). Scout’s conclusion illustrates how exposure to racism can corrupt the righteous...

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