Tom Robinson, a black man in To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the main characters in
this story that causes controversy because of his skin color. Is the story’s relevance based on Mr. Robinson and his skin color? In my opinion yes, the book revolves all around his skin color and racism of the time. Tom Robinson is treated unfairly because he was black not because of what he supposedly did. The controversial subject matter in this book is immense in numbers, but out of all them, racism stands out the most. A question that has come to mind after reading this book is, today is racism still a hostile problem and as big as it was in the 1930s? Throughout this research paper I will gather information about racism from the 30s, and also today. Then I’ll compare and contrast the differences between the past and present and come to a conclusion.
Take a look back to the 1930s and explain to me how it was okay to treat someone a certain way because of the color of their skin. How was it fair to make a group of human beings sit in a specific seat on the bus, drink from special water fountains, and to put their children in completely different schools? As a country we should be ashamed that we ever acted so self infatuated. While acting this way we missed out on plenty of opportunities to unite and grow as a country but instead we were blinded by the color of someone else’s skin.
Tom Robinson is accused of raping Mayella Ewell. Robinson is caught with Mayella in the Ewell residence by her father Bob Ewell. Bob swears by everything that he saw Mr. Robinson taking advantage of his daughter, Mayella. Robinson supposedly runs out of the back door of the house and Bob states he does not beat Mayella. Then Bob storms into the sheriff’s office and tells sheriff Heck Tate that Tom Robinson raped his daughter. Due to the fact that Tom Robinson is black the sheriff acts immediately and doesn’t even question that Bob could be lying. The reason I believe sheriff Heck Tate didn’t question Bob’s accusation is because blacks were not respected during the 30s. Today if this were to happen there would be a court hearing and they couldn’t arrest someone without proof they did anything. Even after evidence was found, all of it would be questioned and the trial could last for weeks. Blacks were persecuted more harshly and treated much more unfairly in the 30s. During this time period Jim Crow laws basically made it to where blacks didn’t have any rights at all.
Jim Crow laws started in the 1880s and lasted into the 1960s, a majority of American states enforced segregation through "Jim Crow" laws. From Delaware to California, and from North Dakota to Texas, many states could impose legal punishments on people for consorting with members of another race. The most common types of laws forbade intermarriage and ordered business owners and public institutions to keep their black and white clientele separated (Tischauser 57-68). The Jim Crow laws...