By:William Zastavskiy The book ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee was published in 1960 and was about raising two children in a world without a mother and living in a fictional place where whites hated the african american race in Maycomb, Alabama. The book points out the scary consequence of being black, i.e. not being able to go to white schools, forced to go to different churches. Some black people worked as servants or had very low paying jobs and the worst thing that happened was that if they were charged for doing something to a white person and it was not true, chances were that the court would find the black person guilty over the white person. After the trial, racism still existed but there wasn’t as much as there was in the beginning.
Before Tom Robinson’s trial there is a lot of racism towards the blacks. Whites are given more rights than the blacks because they can get successful jobs and can make black peoples’ lives miserable by lying in court under oath about serious things which can end up getting the black person killed. The people around Maycomb use a word for a african american person which is “nigger”. Scout does not know about racism so she calls someone a nigger instead of Negro because that was what they say in school and in the neighbourhood but she doesn’t understand why it is wrong. She also doesn’t understand about her father’s job, he was a lawyer and that some people
disagree with him protecting the blacks and after Scout learns why she shouldn’t call black people niggers. She was mad with Cecil Jacobs for saying that, Atticus was defending african americans. Racism towards the whites is shown in the second part of the book when Calpurnia Brings Scout and Jem to the church for african americans, were Calpurnia's friend Lula tells Calpurnia why she brought the children “I wants to know why you bringing white chillun to nigger church.” then later in the book, Scout assumes that african american peoples houses are nice and warm, “neat and snug with pale smoke rising from their chimneys…” also “delicious smells like chicken, bacon…”
This shows that she understands that she knows that the negroes are just normal people like her and that she respects them and what they do. In the book I noticed that there is an exception for black people which is Calpurnia who is a black women working in a white household which is Atticus’ family.
During the Robinson trial there is still a lot of racism but some people began to know why it was wrong. During the trial Mr Ewell is Mean to Tom Robinson in how he speaks to and about him “I seen that black nigger yonder…”This clearly proves that Mr
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