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Do you ever wonder whether there’s been a change in how social inequality and discrimination between groups from the past to now? CNN (Cable News Network) is a news channel known worldwide and they have an article in an overview of everything that happened during the Muslim Travel Ban ,that happened recently, and after it. To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic novel by Harper Lee that revolves around the perspective of the life of a girl named Scout Finch, her father Atticus Finch, and her older brother, Jem. The setting is a small town in Alabama called Maycomb and the plot involves Scouts father being a lawyer and him defending a black man during a case, in where he is accused of raping a white woman. Through the whole book Scout learns and witnesses racism, segregation, discrimination, and social inequality between both races. In an article The Jim Crow South, provided by the database Gale Virtual Reference Library, explains the process and events during the time period of the Jim Crow laws being put in place. However specifically referring to a story of a man being arrested for “challenging the law”.

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"Separate but Equal"

There’s social inequality in To Kill a Mockingbird and in the article about the Jim Crow laws because of the fact that its evident, discrimination is taking place because a whole group is stereotyped even though they’re not fully African American. “You mean why do I pretend. Well it’s very simple. Some folks don’t- like the way I live. I trTRTy to give ‘em a reason you see?... It helps folks if they can latch onto a reason,” (Lee, 268). The character in this dialogue is Dolphus Raymond who has a reputation for being a rich white man that hangs with black mistresses and has mixed kids with them. As a result these children “don’t belong”, hence the idea of inequality against a whole entire group even when not being 100% part of it. “June 7, 1892, a light skinned carpenter named Homer Plessy challenged the law. After sitting down in a car reserved for white, he informed railroad officials that he has actually ⅛ African American. Plessy was arrested, and he pursued the matter all to the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The “separate but equal” ruling in Plessy v. Ferguson legalized the segregation of public transportation, public buildings, public schools throughout the South,” (Gale Virtual...). Here, a man who simply was ⅞ white and only ⅛ black being only 12.5% and yet he was arrested for his honesty. The stereotype that even if you're 1% black you’re considered black and nothing else, then leading to be discriminated and facing the miserable, and unfair consequences.

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In To Kill a Mockingbird and the CNN article on the travel ban that was put in place a couple months ago, both include ideas/facts that relate towards the idea of discriminating a WHOLE group even though a small portion of that group is seen, through society's eyes, as being inhumane or evil. For example it’s shown that yes terrorists and terrorists groups are mostly Muslim, however that’s only a small fraction of that whole group, however they are still discriminated by many. “The witnesses for the state, with the exception of the sheriff of Maycomb County, have presented themselves to you gentlemen, to this court, in the cynical confidence that their testimony would not be doubted,confident that you gentlemen would go along with them on the assumption—the evil assumption—that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral beings, that all Negro men are not to be trusted around our women, an assumption one associates with minds of their caliber. Which, gentlemen, we know is in itself a lie as black as Tom Robinson’s skin, a lie I do not have to point out to you. You know the truth, and the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women—black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men. There is not a person in this courtroom who has never told a lie, who has never done an immoral thing, and there is no man living who has never looked upon a woman without desire,” (Lee 273). This a portion of Atticus’ ending speech at the end of the trial, before the jury’s ruling. Here he’s addressing his final defense to Tom Robinson, and that nobody’s perfect, nobody’s better than anyone, or that nobody has superiority over any race, hence you cannot discriminate a whole group of people because of reputations given to individuals who just happen to be a part of that race. “ the ban snared green card holders and people with visas alike,” (Trump travel ban...). The article, by CNN, states that not only are Muslims (refugees) from those countries not allowed to come to America for a better life and a separation from the war, but even those who hold legal documentations proving their “peace” are discriminated against. No part of the human race isn’t perfect no matter how superior they may seem by society or themselves.

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" You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view until you climb in his skin and walk around in it."

In our history it’s easy to compare what happened in those events and events that are going on now. The Jim Crow Laws article and the novel To Kill a Mockingbird both show examples of social inequality when a group or individual was discriminated when they were only a portion African American. Secondly in the CNN article, compared to To Kill a Mockingbird, the recent travel ban against Muslims entering the U.S. for several Muslim countries is essentially stereotyping all Muslims as terrorists however less than 2% are Muslim terrorists and in the novel a point was made that not all people from one group are the same, in terms of needing to be feared by everyone. Social inequality, racism, discrimination, segregation, gender stereotypes, violence, and so many more are all a part of our society, community, nation and world but it’s not right and you need to do your part as a person on the Earth to stop it. And remember there is only one race, the human race.


Works Cited

Criss, Doug. "Trump Travel Ban: Here's What You Need to Know." CNN. Cable News Network, 30 Jan. 2017. Web. 27 Mar. 2017. <>.

Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. Birmingham, Ala.: Southern Living Gallery, 1982. Print.

The Jim Crow South. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Gale Virtual Reference Library, 2009. Web. 27 Mar. 2017. <>.


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