To Kill A Mockingbird: Discrimination Essay

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Discrimination is prevalent in the story “To Kill a Mockingbird”, the most obvious being the excessive amount of racism (Lee). Racism is the easiest to see but there are more forms of discrimination (Lee). Boo Radley is ostracized from the community when truly nobody really knows him (Lee). People discriminate Scout for being a tomboy not a lady (Lee). The last one that no one ever thinks about is how reverse racism is seen when people threaten Atticus for defending Tom Robinson in court (Lee). Discrimination in any form is a controversial topic but everyone knows that it is not right to discriminate against people.
Racism is still a very controversial topic in today’s society but still not as bad as seen in the time period of “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Tom Robinson is in trial because a white man’s word over a black man’s word (Lee). Bob Ewell has told the Sheriff of the town that Tom Robinson raped his daughter which is a lie (Lee). The real story is his daughter Mayella asked Tom to get something for her where she could not reach and when he did she came on to him (Lee). When this happened Bob Ewell looked through the window, then Tom Robinson ran which makes him look guilty (Lee). Tom Robinson is eventually convicted of rape because the jury of this time is corrupted because most everyone at this time was racist (Lee). Recently in the news the clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned from the NBA for his lifetime because the racist remarks he had made in a voice recording (Chappell). Events like this still occur and still cause problems in today’s society even though there has been a lot done to try to make things equal between races since “To Kill a Mockingbird” was written .
In the story there are many quotes you can pull out to show the cases of racism. "Scout," said Atticus, "nigger-lover is just one of those terms that don't mean anything—like snot-nose. It's hard to explain—ignorant, trashy people use it when they think somebody's favoring Negroes over and above themselves. It's slipped into usage with some people like ourselves, when they want a common, ugly term to label somebody.” (Lee 107-09). “You aren't really a nigger-lover, then, are you?" (Lee 107-09). "I certainly am. I do my best to love everybody... I'm hard put, sometimes—baby, it's never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn't hurt you.” (Lee 107-09). This quote is one of many that show how racism is used in the story. In this quote Scout has heard someone call Atticus a nigger lover because he is Tom Robinsons lawyer and he is trying to his best job to help him as he can (Lee). Scout doesn’t really understand at first what a nigger lover is until Atticus explains it to her.
The community has ostracized Boo Radley from the community even though most people don’t know him. “Inside the house lived a malevolent phantom. People said he existed, but Jem and I had never...

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