Racism In To Kill A Mockingbird

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There are countless brutal forces in this world that may beat down our beliefs, blind us of our morals and demolish mankind. Greed, arrogance, envy, ignorance… but racism is the worse disease of them all. Racism is passed down from generation to generation with very few that are willing to go against it. It's the worst kind of prejudice in society, and one of the themes illustrated in 'To Kill a Mockingbird' that affect many characters. Throughout the novel racism is an unnecessary evil haunting the town of Maycomb and its biggest victims are Tom Robinson, Dolphus Raymond and Atticus Finch. The most distinctive victim of racism in 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is Tom Robinson. He is put on trail for allegedly raping Mayella Ewell and the jury…show more content…
Calpurnia, is the black maid at the Finch's home and has looked after Scout and Jem for a few years. You could even say she took over the role of being their mother. She interacts with both the black and white communities and must live two separate lives and they can never inter-mingle. At times this gets hard for her because in both communities she is affected by racism. In the white community it is Aunt Alexandra that does not approve of Calpurnia. Aunt Alexandra thinks the two children need a strong female influence, however already have one; yet she deems Calpurnia's influence as inadequate. So when Aunt Alexandra moves in with the family to become the suitable female parent, she tries to get rid of her by telling Atticus, "And don't try to get around face it. You've got to face it sooner or later and it might be tonight. We don't need her." Aunt Alexandra tries to hide the fact that she only wants Calpurnia got because she is black by saying to Atticus the children are do not need her around. Furthermore, she cannot see that Calpurnia has done a wonderful job with them and will never accept that fact because Calpurnia is black. That means Calpurnia is below Aunt Alexandra so it will never matter how perfect Calpurnia does something since it will never be good enough. Aunt Alexandra is blinded by the colour of Calpurnia's skin making her see Calpurnia is trash that needs to be thrown out. In the black community, it is a member of her church that disapproves of Calpurnia letting white people to a black church. When Calpurnia takes Jem and Scout to her church, upon entering the church, Lula comes and calls Calpurnia out, "You ain't got no business bringin' white chillun here-they got their church, we got our'n." Lula is upset the Calpurnia had to nerve to bring white people to their church since the white people were the ones who wanted to be separated from the blacks. Also, the white people have
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