Examples Of Racism In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Everyone should be judged by their looks and not their actions. At least that’s what you might think while reading To Kill a Mockingbird. Racism plays a large role in the book To Kill a Mockingbird. Without racism, many of the major events, such as the case in this story, would have turned out much differently. Racism is always a bad thing, but Harper Lee did a very good job with showing how serious racism was and what it used to look like. Racism is an unfair judgment towards another person because of a difference in appearance. The first example of racism in this book was Tom Robinson losing the case just because he was an African-American. Tom Robinson was accused for rape and hitting Mayella Ewell on the right side of the face. Atticus then shows the jury that Tom Robinsons left arm was cut off when he was young in an accident. With the evidence Atticus gave, the judges had no reason to accuse Mr.…show more content…
They’ve done it before and they did it tonight and they’ll do it again and when they do it—seem that only children weep.” (Lee, 1960). This is in response to Jem’s question, “How could they do it, how could they?” (Lee, 1960) When Atticus is saying this he is telling his son that adults don’t really care about equality. He is also saying that it seems children are the only people that can accept everyone for who they are, adults are too busy judging the other persons outward appearance. This is not a good statement, because although it is a true representation in this story, I Samuel 16:7 says, “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’” (New International Version) This shows us that we should learn to look at the heart and not the outward appearance. For if the Lord looks at the heart, shouldn’t we
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