This article showcases the idea of racial violence, and discrimnation during the Great Depression. For example, many jobs held by African Americans were taken away by the white people within this period of history. As written in the text, "...whites called for blacks to be fired from any jobs as long as there were whites out of work." This quote demonstratives the decimating employment of African Americans. Additionally, this work partially desribes the racial violence during this period of history. A quote reads, "Racial violence again became more common, especially in the South." As a consistent prejudice view on African Americans formed, violence towards blacks increased. In To Kill A Mockingbird there are several encounters of violence towards African Americans. The obvious exhibition is Tom Robinson being shot, just as a result of his skin color. He was not just shot once, but many times, causing his death to be excruciating. However, hypothetically if Tom Robinson was white, the outcome might have proved to be much more favorable.
Race discrimination was a serious problem throughout the Great Depression, however this issue lives on today, and race has a serious impact on several aspects on American life, such as the criminal justice, everyday thoughts, nation division, and the serious prejudice among all races. Although, our country is now desegregated there are still many problems that continue to be evident within our nation. Comparable to To Kill A Mockingbird, there are several examples of people dealing with similar situations to Tom Robinson in this day and age. Stated in this article, "...following a series of high-profile instances of black Americans killed by the police , like Eric Garner in New York City, Michael Brown in Ferguson...". These circumstances may not entirely mimick Tom Robinson, they do demonstrate the prejudice on black American in terms of the criminal justice within the country. In addition, this article discusses the prejudice among the races in America. When asked in a poll: Do you think the criminal justice system treats blacks and whites equally, the data came out to be, "But among whites the sides flip, a plurality of whites -- 49% said the race was treated equally vs 42% who said whites were favored.". However, in my opinion I so not think the criminal justice system is equally disciplinary to both races. Again, Tom Robinson's case in To Kill A Mockingbird is heavily representative of situations many black Americans face in the criminal justice system.
This photo exhibits "othering" by displaying a young man within a Civil Rights Movement protest. During this movement, many would gather in mobs to fight for their freedom. They marched, while fighting for their freedom. However, as seen in this photo a white man is contraining, a young black man. Although he may have been peacefully protesting, there was a serious prejudice during this time, and this mindset is conveyed through this visual. This prejudice view on black people is also clear in To Kill A Mockingbird. For example, Mr. Raymond a town citizen of Maycomb, is judged by the community. He is an African American man, that carries around a jug that most think is filled with alcohol. However, the jug is actually filled with Coca Cola. Mr. Raymond does this to give residents a reason to judge him, rather than the color of his skin, be the only element he is judged upon.
This poem exemplifies "othering" and "being othered" within its words. Maya Angelou conveys the idea of standing up for what you believe in, and confronting issues. This poem discusses the important theme of rising above others, despite differences in opinion. She writes, "You may trod me in the very dirt. But still like dust I rise". This statement demonstrates that despite the treatment one might receive as a result of their actions, they can rise above that. Additionally, the poem reads, "You make cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with you hatefulness. But still like air, I rise". These words show that although their may be hate, one can still be their own person, and have pride in their indifference. The theme of this poem is also evident within To Kill A Mockingbird. The black people in Maycomb county are entirely othered. For example Tom Robinson, a black man convicted for rape is completely othered due to the color of his skin. Although he may be innocent, the jury bases a judgement on his appearance, rather than the facts of the case. The outcome of the trial was not in favor of Tom Robinson, and the verdict came out to him being held guilty.