The Past and Present in To Kill a Mockingbird By: Taha Ebrahim

There have been many incidents of racism in recent and past history. The articles “Civil Rights”, the article “Public Unrest on Police Brutality…” and the book “ To Kill a Mockingbird” all relate in a few ways. But there is one important way they all relate. They all relate by how blacks were and still are treated unfairly and were not judged on hard facts but purely on opinion.

This shows how Blacks were not able to have the same rights and had to go above and beyond what they should of had to do to get their rights.

To Kill a Mockingbird and the Civil Rights Movement are similar in how blacks are treated, looked at and put into places of failure. In a quote from To Kill a Mockingbird it was said “In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s word, the white man always wins.” (Lee 295). This quote shows how blacks are set up for failure by always being under a white man no matter how educated or how much better the black person is. In the article “Civil Rights” a quote from the North American Aviation Corporation said “ The negro will be considered as janitors and in other similar capacities”(Baughman). This also shows how the white man put the blacks in places that they could not reach higher status or anything above what they already have.

This shows how Blacks had to stand up for themselves because they were being beaten more than whites and they had to defend how they were treated.

But also To Kill a Mockingbird and the article “Public Unrest On Police Brutality..” also have something in common. In To Kill a Mockingbird at the end of the trial and then the jury voted, “Judge Taylor was polling the jury, guilty...guilty...guilty...guilty”(Lee 282). This was after the defending lawyer stated all the evidence reasonably needed to have his client be innocent and set free, but the jury still decided that he was guilty and only because he was black. In the article “Public Unrest On Police Brutality…” there was also similar instances relating to it, a quote that relates is “ The International Association of Chiefs Police has described use of force as the amount of effort required by police to compel compliance by an unwilling subject”(Infotrac). This shows how when they needed to apply the necessary force they went over and beyond what was needed for some of the people that were mostly or all black.

This shows how Blacks were treated unfairly and they were given the option to either run or get dragged on a piece of garbage through the streets.

All of these resources relate in one main way. They all relate by how blacks were and still are treated unfairly and were not judged on hard facts but purely on opinion. Blacks always have and are still are not being held up to how everyone one else is. But there should and is going to be a change in how they are treated but will you be in that change or will you be stuck in the past?

This shows how blacks were set up for failure by not being able to be in the same area as everyone else.

Baughman, Judith S., ed. ""Civil Rights" American Decades." Gale Virtual Reference Library [Gale]. N.p., 2001. Web. 20 Mar. 2017.

Lee, Harper. To Kill A Mockingbird. New York: Grand Central, 1960. Print.

Lee, Harper. To Kill A Mockingbird. New York: Grand Central, 1960. Print."Public Unrest On Police Brutality On The Rise." Infotrac. N.p., 7 Mar. 2017. Web. 20 Mar. 2017.

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