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Black and white, like the type on the page, have visible and definite differences – or do they?  Racism, or the assumed differences between Blacks and Whites, has has a big impact in our nation’s  history and still has impacts in today’s world.  We can compare changes in racism through comparing the book “To Kill a Mockingbird.” to what is in today’s news. The book, set in 1935, a black man named Tom Robinson was accused of beating a white girl named Mayella Ewell. If a black man is accused of doing anything to a white woman in the south back then, then that means he is guilty in the eyes of society, no matter what. In today’s world we still see racism even though not as bad. Racism is treating people that are different to us as they are not as good as us.  In the south in the 1930’s black people were considered less of a person than white people. They had separate doors, water fountains and seats on buses. They were not allowed to do a lot of things that whites could do. An example from the book showing this is ” you ain’t got no business bringin’ white chillun here — they got their church, we got our’n.”(pg 158)  This shows us differences by blacks to whites. Also shown in the righting “The Negroes, having waited for the white people to go upstairs, began to come in.” ( pg 218) Verbally, is another way people can show racism. Name calling, mocking, and talking down to others are different types of verbal racism. In the book Mrs. Dubose’s comments to Scout and Jem as they pass her porch, ” Your father is no better than the niggers and trash he works for.” (pg 102) This shows that people call others mean names to down-grade them. We see this in today’s society when people still use the “n” word to describe blacks. Racism can also be shown through actions. Violence was a common action in some racial conflicts. In today’s society we see this when white cops beat up a black man for no reason. An instance from the book would be  “In ones and twos, men got out of the cars….. Atticus remained where he was. The men hid him from view. “He in there, Mr. Finch?” a man said…. “You know what we want,” another man said. “Get aside from the door Mr. Finch.”” (pg 202) They came to kill the black man, would they do that if it was a white man? Today’s world we see this when white police severely beat up a black man.Whether through actions, words, or cultural beliefs, racism in the United States has impacted our society in the past as well as the present.  To Kill a Mockingbird highlights the way that racism was shown in a 1930’s community, and the impacts that it has on all; black or white, good and bad.  We can hope that with studying To Kill a Mockingbird we can change how we look at others in the future.


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