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Submitted By Paulsarah2002Gma
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In this modern day and age, many people dismiss racism and prejudice as something of the past. Even though we no longer see public segregation in American society, racism is still deeply rooted in some areas of American society. We need our new generation to read books such as
To Kill a Mocking Bird in order to educate them about the injustices blacks faced during the Jim Crow era and how to stand up against racism. Ever since Harper Lee published
To Kill a
Mocking Bird in 1960, controversy has risen whether schools should include
To Kill a Mocking
Bird as part of their school curriculum. While a majority of schools have accepted
To Kill a
Mocking Bird into their collection mandatory books for students to read, some board members and other administrators want to purge
To Kill a Mocking Bird from the school curriculum.
Although some might say that
To Kill a Mocking Bird promotes race stereotypes, it is imperative for the New York City Board of Education to include the novel
To Kill a Mocking Bird as part of the secondary education curriculum because it teaches students how to stand up against racism and provides important historical events from the Jim Crow Era.
By reading
To Kill a Mocking Bird in schools students will be taught how to stand up against racism. “this conscience awakening literature is directed at or speaks to the white conscience” This shows that Harper lee’s novel is directed to open the eyes of people who have been prejudiced against blacks “Enabled the white conscience to … move the naked injustice.
This quote shows us that students are probably for the first time in their life seeing very clearly the injustices blacks face in a real life situation. Harper Lee’s novel will help students to examine themselves and see what prejudices they themselves might have kept against another nationality.
Students will discover for themselves the injustices that blacks faced during the Jim Crow
Era and the major historical events that took place in that time period.
To Kill a Mocking Bird

should be adapted to history as well as analyzing its literary elements. The book’s historical significance and its placement during the Jim Crow Era should be taught to students, so the injustices of this period are fully revealed to students. “reflective commitment to nonviolence in the civil rights struggle” Students should be asked to examine the protest through non…