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To Kill a Mockingbird's Racial Features 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is a perfect book to use as an example to show what racism was in America in the 20's and 30's. In America, life was very different in the 20s and 30s. Sure, televisions were just appearing and technology in general wasn't nearly as advanced as it is today. These points however, though relevant, are not relevant to my point. No, I'm really focusing on racism in these first few decades of the century. 'To Kill a Mockingbird' has a town called Maycomb in it, and this town, is stereo typically what a town in the southern United States would have been like in these early years. In the book, as in real life back then, racism was a part of every day life. In some states, slaves still existed even. It was a dark and cruel world for all blacks back then. They weren't considered as equals. Tom Robinson is accused of committing a crime which he didn't do in essence, because he was black. They had to blame it on someone and if the blame could go on a 'nigger' then all the better. In the trial, Tom Robinson had so much evidence pointing out that he was innocent but he was still charge guilty. Why? Because he was black, it was as simple as that. ...read more.


The sad part of this is that people in every profession can be racists, that's including the police. The police can be racist and when that happens, black people have absolutely no one to turn to and that is a sad fact in their lives. In Germany, and much of the world, there are neo-Nazis. They have shaved heads and fight for the Aryan race. I have seen videos on them and they are frightful. They talk about the thrill of seeing a 'nigger' in the sights of their sniper rifles. All these groups are extremists and there are so many of them that it is practically impossible to stop them all, because firstly, there are too many of them and secondly, chances are, part of the law enforcement agencies trying to stop them will be racist. It is a hopeless war that we are losing. I fear that racism will never totally go away. Blacks, however, have not always just stood by and watched as white people beat them down. They have fought back, and they have fought back viciously and, less often, peacefully. There have been some very powerful black speakers. Martin Luther King Jr. gave hope to black people in the 60s. The sixties were a bad time fro blacks in the U.S. until Martin Luther King Jr. appeared. He was, for once, a black politician respected by white people. ...read more.


All this rebelling won most people's hearts around the world. Now people back the Kurds and are against the Turks. This just proves how speaking out can help immensely. Now the Turks are in trouble, they won't be able to enter the EU. The Kurds really did it by speaking out. By the mid-seventies, many white people supported blacks and wanted a change in the government to be made. This came soon thanks to the power of free speech. Men and women like Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X will always have a place in my heart for theirs is a bravery, almost, like no other. They fought against all odds to bring a whole race, out of the slums. There are different kinds of courage. There is courage in battle, and there is courage in aid, but this courage, no, it's like no other. These men and women, will have followers forever. Atticus' courage was a very peculiar one. It was one that was not expressed on the outside, but rather a quality that was on the inside, unbeknownst to Scout and Atticus until the trial. Atticus' courage was one with the same likeness of Martin Luther King's. He went against all odds and problems humiliation, shame, distrust, even discrimination against himself, to follow through with something in which he believed in. After all of this effort, he isn't even rewarded with justice. The jury itself is racist. It was an unfair world back then, and, unfortunately, in some places, it still is today. ...read more.

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