1.) This cartoon depicts two prisoners, one white, and one native american. The white prisoner asks "...But if we're convicted with the same crime, how do you get a year- and I only get three months?". This photo depicts racial ignorance because while they were both convicted for the same crime, the minority, being the native american, received more jail time. This means that the Judge who sentenced these men deemed one more dangerous than the other based on their ethnic background. 2.) In To Kill a Mockingbird a black man named Tom Robinson is tried for raping Mayella Ewell. Atticus Finch presents evidence that proves Tom innocent. Before the jury heads to figure out the verdict Atticus states " I am confident that you gentlemen will review without passion the evidence you have heard, come to a decision, and restore this defendant to his family. In the name of God, do your duty"(Lee 275). In this case the jury should do their job and determine the verdict based on facts, not bias. They determine Tom guilty despite all the evidence proving him innocent. This connects to this cartoon because both the judge in the cartoon, and the jury in TKAM both determine what should happen to the defendant based on their personal bias. We can overcome racial injustice by being objective in trials and looking at facts, not somebody's skin color.
1.) This song is about how black people were treated poorly by cops and others during the 1900's. In one verse it says "It ain't a secret don't conceal the fact the penitentiary's packed, and it's filled with blacks". This means that even though black people are a minority in America, they are a majority in prisons. This could be due to the fact that many of them live in poverty and some are forced to do crime to support them and their families. In another verse, 2pac states that a way to overcome ignorance is to "learn to see me as a brother instead of 2 distant strangers". This means that if people get to know each other, our society will be stronger. 2.) 2pac's message on how to overcome ignorance is just like Atticus's in To Kill a Mockingbird. "“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it" (Lee 36). This quote means that you should not judge someone until you get to know them well. And once you get to know them well, you will understand what they go through on a daily basis and try to help them, not harm them.
This article by the Huffington post describes ways to overcome racial bias. Step one is to learn what racism is, the article describes a racist idea as "any idea that members of a racial group are superior or inferior to members of any other racial group in any way". Step two is to Change your mindset and behaviors. "To become antiracist then is to stop believing that members of a racial group are superior or inferior in any way. It is to stop supporting racist policies". Step three is to expand your social network. The article says that the number one way to overcome bias is to increase contact with people with all races and religions. And finally, step number four is to influence others by uniting and pushing for change together. 2.) Step number three connects to To Kill a Mockingbird. Although Boo Radley is white, he is still seen as an other by many. There are many negative rumors about him spreading throughout the town. At the beginning, Scout is afraid of him as well. Towards the end however, Scout's contact with Boo is increased through presents left in the trees, and then Boo saving Jem and Scout. Over this time she learns that Boo is a good person and should not to be treated poorly.
This article by Cambridge Community Television provides ways to diminish the Race problem in America. Although the text states that race relations cannot be solved, "we all can learn to live in harmony, love and accept each other". Another key idea that the article writes is that "The ability to approach the unknown with boldness and excitement will enable you to overcome the fear that associates the unknown". 2.) The texts key idea of overcoming the fear of the unknown connects to the theme in To Kill a Mockingbird that courage is needed to overcome fearing the other. One 'other' In the story is Boo Radley. Although many children and adults were afraid of him, some characters including, Atticus, Scout, and Jem were courageous enough to approach him and get to know who he is.