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To Kill a Mockingbird ~ Curation Project

Critical Lense ~ Racism 'The Othering of Races'

HELP WANTED - White Only
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HELP WANTED - White Only

1.) This image exemplifies being othered through racial means. This image shows
a black man staring disaprovingly at a sign that stated Help Wanted WHITE ONLY, making it very clear that black workers are not welcome. The man's thin face seems to portray sadness, or possibly hunger for being denyed a job.
2.) This image relates to To Kill a Mockingbird for one of many reasons. The biggest reason this image related to the novel is through the black community, During this time not many people were supportive of black people and this shows during Tom Robinson's trial. Anthough he was ultimately proven innocent, Maycomb voted that he was guilty based on the color of his skin.

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I'm Tom Robinson by Monsters Words
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I'm Tom Robinson by Monsters Words

1.) This poem exemplifies the character Tom Robinson who has been accused of rapeing a young woman named Mayella Ewell from the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Although Tom was told to be innocent after his death, Maycomb's society was reluctant to give Tom a chance and "without a second thought [his] case has been shunned" (Words). Because the color of Tom's skin is black, it causes him to be ignored by society, leading to his imprisionment because of an act he did not commit. The poems related Tom's death to killing a mockingbird by saying, "With seventeen bullets comes the end of my time. . . It was a sin to kill a mockingbird" (Words). Because Tom was innocent, but Maycomb refused to acknowledge this, Tom died trying to escape his unworthy punishment.

2.) This poem directly relates to the novel To Kill a Mockingbird because the poem tells about the life of Tom Robinson. As readers we know that Tom has black skin, and because this book was set in the 1930's, black people were othered from society and forced to live a segregated life. Throughout his trial, no one would take Tom's word over Mayella's because of the differences in their skin tone, resulting in Tom to be accused of a crime he did not commit.

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Dr. King is assassinated - Apr 04, 1968 - HISTORY.com
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Dr. King is assassinated - Apr 04, 1968 - HISTORY.com

1.) On April 4, 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated while sitting on the balcony of his second story motel room. Over the past few months before he was shot and killed, Martin Luther King Jr. had spoken out against segregation, and how people should be treated equally. He organized a "Poor People’s Campaign to focus on the issue, including an interracial poor people’s march on Washington, and in March 1968 traveled to Memphis in support of poorly treated African-American sanitation workers" (History). But not everyone agreed with his ideas of everyone being treated the same. Some people felt that having a segregated life was better than having all races being treated as equals. Just one day before his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his last sermon saying, "We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop…And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the promised land” (History). And just as he said, MLK endured a very diffucult day when he died.

2.) Although Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated for fighting for quality and Tom Robinson was accused of raping a young women, they both endure being 'othered' from society. Maycomb's society not only excluded Tom because of his race, but they accused him of being guilty although he was clearly innocent. Martin Luther King Jr. never experienced being on a trial like Tom's however, he was killed for fighting for equal rights for people of all races.

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Ruby Bridges
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Ruby Bridges

1.) At a young age Ruby Bridges attended a segregated school for blacks in Tyler Town, Mississippi. However, in 1960 the state of Louisiana was ordered to desegregate, and if students were able to pass an entrance exam, they could enter an all white school. Ruby and five others passed the exam. Two of those students decided to stay at their segregated school, and the other three (Ruby Included) attended the all-white McDonough Elementary School. Every day that year "Ruby and her mother were escorted by four federal marshals to the school" (Michals) because of the crowds that screamed viciously at Ruby. Her family suffered too. Ruby's father lost his job, and her grandparents were evicted from their farm, all because people were ignorant of other races. Ruby never missed a day of school that year, and after she graduated she, "became a travel agent, married and had four sons" (Michals)
2.) Ruby's situation related to some of the characters in To Kill a Mockingbird who were also being 'othered'. Citizens in Maycomb see Walter as just another Cunningham, and they treat him that way. And despite being almost as old as Jem, Walter is still in first grade. The reasoning behind this is Walter misses much of the school year because he needs to stay home and help his father with their farm. Walter is othered from society because of his background and the poor family he comes from. Ruby was cast out from her society because she comes from a different ethnic background. And although she was able to attend school, she faced criticism from society.

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