1. Humans all come from one place, Africa. So why do we discriminate against different races? This article states that race is completely made up. This label was most likely first created by a doctor from the 1800s named Samuel Morton. It is largely because of his views that many racist beliefs came to be. In his mind there were five different races. They ranged from Caucasian as being the smartest to Ethiopians or "black people" being the least intelligent. His ideas touched a lot of people. This was an unfair assumption as there was no scientific evidence backing up this claim. In fact according to this article there is no different types of race, that it is completely made up. In the article it states, "Today Morton is known as the father of racism." Based on the evidence and common sense it suggests it makes a lot of sense that there are no races. The article says, "In a very real sense, all people alive are Africans." It is a shame that humans have wasted so much time fighting and disagreeing about race considering it might not even exist. 2. If people had realized that everyone is really the same and all Africans, a lot of conflict in To Kill A Mockingbird could've been avoided. Racism is a major cause of the conflict in To Kill A Mockingbird. If Samuel Morton had never made the theory that he did, many of the events in To Kill A Mockingbird and around the world could have been different. For example, Tom Robinson probably would have not gotten convicted, if he had even been accused anyway.
1. The Sneetches is a short story by Dr. Seuss. It is about two different "types" of sneetches. The normal sneetches and the star bellied sneetches. The star bellied sneetches believed that they were better than the sneetches without the stars because of a small difference. The story says, "They kept them away. Never let them come near. And that's how they treated them year to year." This has happened in the real world too, before the Civil Rights movement. Dr. Seuss wrote about the sneetches with a complex topic in mind, racism. Though sneetches are fictional creatures, they have much in common with the human race. There are people in the world who believe they are better than other people because of their skin color. That is like how the star bellied sneetches believed they were better than the "normal" sneetches. At the end of the story Dr. Seuss says "I’m quite happy to say That the Sneetches got really quite smart on that day, The day they decided that Sneetches are Sneetches And no kind of Sneetch is the best on the beaches That day, all the Sneetches forgot about stars And whether they had one, or not, upon thars." This is one thing that the human race seems to find impossible. Treating all people the same despite differences in the way we look. It was possible for the sneetches, so why isn't it possible for humans? 2. To Kill A Mockingbird was written a year before this story was written. Both were composed during the Civil Rights Movement. They both focus on the cruelty that racism has brought to the world. People like Bob Ewell, Mr. Gilmer and Mayella Ewell are like the star bellied sneetches. They believe they are above others because their skin is white. Tom Robinson or Calpurnia are like the sneetches without the stars, constantly being treated differently because of a difference in their looks. Unlike in The Sneetches however, Bob Ewell, Mr. Gilmer, and Mayella Ewell don't learn their lesson, society in the setting of Maycomb were not as ready to accept as the sneetches.
1. This informational article is reviews the cruelty of racism from the first African to come to North America, to now. It states how the acceptance of race has evolved throughout the years. It talks about the injustice of stereotypes and effects it has on anyone. There are stereotypes about any appearance/race and most everyone has felt the affects of these. It tells of racism even from the slave ages. "Looking back on the history of the 1800s, overt racism was everywhere, and slavery was a major part of society. If the families were not happy with their slaves they were able to sell them." It states horribly African American slaves were treated all because of the color of their skin. Slaves were treated like objects, they weren't paid or treated like human beings at all. Even after slavery was abolished, many Caucasian people still discriminated against people not of that race. People of African descent were not given the same rights as those who were not. Even today there is still racial tensions between some more ignorant people. Despite the bad in the world today because of racism, many things have changed for the better. The article states "Now, there are organizations and laws that have been formed to work against discrimination against, and unequal treatment of, people of colour. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Human Rights legislation, and hate laws are evidence of this change. Even though it may be impossible to entirely prevent the amount of racism and discrimination people of colour receive, some improvements are possible." The bias of racism in the world has evolved throughout many years of differences. 2. In To Kill A Mockingbird the people of Maycomb were in an interesting time frame for civil rights. It doesn't take place at a time where any particular "big campaign" such as the Civil War or the Civil Rights movement is occuring. It is instead a sort of in between time. A time where people discriminated against others but still believed slavery was wrong. This was a difficult time in United States history especially in Alabama. Southern states like Alabama were leaders of slavery back when it was popular. Therefore Maycomb County was full of ignorant and cruel people at the time of To Kill A Mockingbird.
1. Martin Luther King was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is an inspiration to many people black and white. Because of the sacrifices that he and other historical figures made, The United States of America is no longer segregated. That doesn't mean there isn't still racism in our country. It means that most people can look at others no matter what their skin color and not care. Martin Luther King has taught us that it doesn't matter. To quote Dr. King, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." It is important to remember this everyday as we go through life. Stereotyping someone because of their skin color or because of anything that separates them from the rest of the world is an evil in itself. There is really no such thing as "normal" because everyone is unique. Therefore comparing someone to what is "normal" just doesn't make sense. No one has the right to judge someone before having a conversation with them, no matter who they are. Though Dr. King knew it would take many years for this message to really sink in he kept hope anyways. At one point in his speech he says "I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream." Martin Luther King knew that if he lost hope, he lost this battle. The battle in which both sides were fighting in different ways. 2. Though this speech happened about 30 years after To Kill A Mockingbird takes place. The effects of racial differences are prominent throughout the text. Bob Ewell and others in Maycomb's beliefs are the opposite of what Dr. King tried to sermonize throughout his lifetime. Though there are people in To Kill A Mockingbird that are racist, there is also people who are kind and accepting. One of these people is Atticus Finch. Mr. Finch displays his compassion for others when he takes on the Tom Robinson trial. Tom Robinson didn't get a fair trial because of his skin color. When Atticus took on the trial he knew this would happen. However, when Atticus addressed the jury before their deliberation, he made them think. This was a small step, but it is baby steps like these that led bigger steps such as the Civil Rights Movement. During the Civil Rights Movement people like Martin Luther King Jr. built off of the work that others had done.