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To Kill Mockingbird
Transcript of To Kill Mockingbird
By: Ivan G. Racism and Fear of the Unknown “As you grow older, you'll see white men
cheat black men every day of your life,
but let me tell you something and don't you forget it - whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, he is trash” (Lee 223). (Lee 204). "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" "There's something in our world that makes men lose their heads – they couldn't be fair if they tried. In our courts, when it's a white man's word against a black man's, the white man always wins. They're ugly, but those are the facts of life. " "She was white, and she tempted a Negro. She did something that in our society is unspeakable" Racism By: Anup Shah I could relate to fear of the unknown because before I had met a person that was muslim, I thought that all people from the middle east and places that believed in this religion were horrible people. That they all acted the same and were not friendly people. However once I met one, he was very calm and was not scary. This shows that you should not assume how people act because of their race . “The Lebanese legal system follows different rules of law that vary from one community to the other. It is a situation that naturally leads to inequality among people.” Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. http://www.globalissues.org/article/165 Work Cited Page (Lee 204). (Lee 222) I chose racism and fear of the unknown as the central themes of this novel because they were actions demonstrated through out the book. From beginning to end Harper Lee gives us a taste of these themes. With this quote readers can see the negative attitude white men had towards black men. They clearly consider themselves superior to the black men. With this quote readers see the theme of fear of the unknown. Many of these white men assume the worst of Negroes without taking the time to see who they really are. This quote shows that in this era even when the court is involved racism still overcomes the law. This quote shows that in this 'society' a white women and a black man being together was 'unspeakable' and therefore a violation. Connections Connections