Racial Issues In To Kill A Mockingbird

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The Consequences of Racial and Social Biases Racial inequality has been documented as long as history has been recorded. Unfortunately race and social rank issues are found not only in our past, but in our world today. Racial differences continue to be a growing issue in the United States, yet people do little to address the problem. In American schools today, black students do not have as much equal accessibility to advanced classes as white students do. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, racial differences are portrayed in each and every chapter, set in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama. The main point of the book is racial injustice of an innocent black man, Tom Robinson. He is falsely accused of something he is not guilty…show more content…
Atticus Finch shows that even though he lives in a racist community, he still sees everyone equally. Atticus is known for his great reputation. He is a talented lawyer with two children, Jem and Scout. He helps those who need it most in the community, in this case a falsely accused black man, Tom Robinson. During the court case, Atticus Finch shows many great points in the courtroom, but the jury will not take his points into consideration. It does not matter how much evidence there is against the Ewell’s or the fake information against Tom Robinson. The jury will in Maycomb take the side of a white family over a black man. When Atticus is giving his final speech, he talks about seeing the good in people, and how it needs to occur in the future. “I’m not idealist to believe firmly in the integrity of our courts and in the jury system-that is no ideal to me, it is a living, working reality. Gentlemen, a court is no better than each man of you sitting before me on this jury. A court is only as sound as its jury, and a jury is only as sound as the men who make it up.…show more content…
the Ewell’s are the reason for Tom Robinson’s suffering and death. An innocent black man proved to be guilty by no clear evidence, only to be shot 17 times, leaving his wife without a husband and his children without a father. The evidence against Tom Robinson is clearly false, but the people in the courtroom believe it because of the bias on skin color. For example, ““Scout” breathed Jem. “Scout, look! Reverend, he’s crippled!” Reverend Sykes leaned across me and whispered to Jem. “He got it caught in a cotton gin, caught it in Mr. Dolphus Raymond’s cotton gin when he was a boy...like to bled to death...tore all the muscles loose from his bones-” (Page 211) This statement disproves Mayella Ewell, supposedly the victim of Tom Robinson. Mayella claims that she was hit on the right side of her face, when Tom Robinson is crippled in his left arm. Mayella’s only friend was Tom Robinson's friend, until her father took away that privilege. Mayella was forced to lie about Tom Robinson because of her abusive father. Her father forced her to lie to risk the life of a black man, an innocent husband and father. Tom Robinson did chores for her everyday, and was the only person outside of her family that she talked to. When her father saw Mayella with Tom Robinson, he decided to take matters into his own hands and make Tom look guilty. Mayella’s own father beat her to only say Tom Robinson was the cause

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