Racial Injustice in TO Kill a Mckingbird

How would you feel if the people whose job was to keep you and our country safe are actually the people we fear the most. This is the case for some people. Throughout history there have been many cases of racial injustice ,and people have been trying to fight it for decades. Thurgood marshal, and the protests for black lives matter along with Atticus from To Kill a Mockingbird are all examples. These three texts show that racial injustice leads to revolt and protests.

People protesting against police brutality

When people decide to racially discriminate against African Americans there are always people who agree and people who disagree. In this case we are talking about people disagreeing moreover; people protesting in one way or another. In To Kill a Mockingbird tom was put up for trial for a crime he and others believed he didn't do especially Atticus. “The state has not produced one iota of medical evidence to the effect that the crime Tom Robinson is charged with ever took place. (Lee, 271)” Atticus is saying in a mild tone that he thinks that Tom has been wrongly accused of this crime and he is fighting against it. There are also examples of fighting for racial justice from back then such as in the 1940s-1950s with Thurgood Marshal. He was a lawyer in those days who fought for racial justice and took on cases that had to do with that aswell. “He argued that segregation in public education produced unequal schools for African Americans and whites (Smentowski)”. This article is saying how much Thurgood marshal is similar to atticus in the sense that when he saw injustice he fought for the opposite. That is was this quote is saying as well.

A man talking about racial injustice

Even today there are many examples of people still fighting for racial justice and equality. People are fighting for the ones who are wrongly accused like in To Kill a Mockingbird Tom Robinson. “The defendant is not guilty, but somebody in this courtroom is.(lee, 271).” this is simply saying that Tom was not the one who did the crime and someone else was not being recognized or punished for it but he is. This still happens to this day where people are chosen wrongly and have to pay the consequences. “In the rally they laid in the snow for four hours to represent Michael Brown’s body lying there after he was shot.(Ma).” not only was he wrongly shot but instead of reporting the crime or calling an ambulance they just let him lie there. Also the people in the rally are very dedicated as we can see by them protesting lying on the ground for 4 hours straight. These people who attended the rally know that injustice took place and they were trying to do something about it. In many way it resembles Atticus.

This is a poster from the black lives matter protest

In my opinion it is a good thing that people respond so fiercely and passionately about racial injustice because it is an issue we struggle with today with police brutality and more. It is important to consider the fact that this racism leads to people to protest and stand up for what they think is right.

This is saying stand up for what you believe and protest what you want

Citations: MLA. Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. New York :Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2006. Print.

Ma, Annie. "Community Protests Police Brutality." Byline[Byline] Jan.-Feb. 2017: n. pag. Newspaper. Web. Smentkowski, Brian P. "Encyclopedia Britannica." Britannica School. N.p.: n.p., n.d.Britannica's Original Sources [Encyclopaedia Britannica]. Web. 4 Oct. 2016


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