PARAGRAPH 1: Before African Americans were accepted in society and treated fairly, racism was very powerful. All through the 1900s people were targeted as the “others” in society. In the 1960s, the civil rights movement began. This was a movement created to stop racism in America. Prior to this approach, African Americans were discriminated against and were treated extremely unfairly and harshly. “The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s came about out of the need and desire for equality and freedom for African Americans and other people of color” (Civil). Society in the U.S was very unequal. The whites had all the power and the black were almost shamed upon, which is not at all how a society should run. This is the main reason why the Civil Rights Movement began. PARAGRAPH 2: This same theme of fearing the other is explored throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee. In the setting, Maycomb, the town is prejudice against people of color. In this time period, it was very common to see discrimination against African Americans. One African American in particular named Tom Robinson was defended by Atticus Finch, who was a white man. This caused much controversy in Maycomb, which really showed how people felt about people of color and the prejudice ways of the town. In both the current events and historical ones, an unfair bias is seen against black people. The whites are seen with power and rights, while the black part of society is seen with fewer rights, unfair treatment, and overall very hard lives.
PARAGRAPH 1: In our world today, there is unfortunately no way of avoiding racism. No matter how much fame or fortune one may have, they could still be at risk of being targeted as the “other”. An example of this that happened about one year ago was when NBA superstar, Lebron James’, front gate of his house in Cleveland, Ohio was covered with racist graffiti that depicted racial slurs. This reminded everyone that even one of the most well - known current athletes still has to deal with racist and prejudice behaviors. Lebron said, “No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, you know being black in America is tough.” Lebron was speaking not about himself, but about every African American in the United States, saying that it their lives are tough. PARAGRAPH 2: In To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom Robinson, a black male in the society of Maycomb, faces similar actions from the white portion of society. He faces racial slurs, harsh and unfair treatment, and crowds of people that are all against him.
PARAGRAPH 1: I chose this image in particular because it depicts a black man on the bus surrounded by white people. The white people seem very uncomfortable around him and are acting like he shouldn’t be allowed to sit anywhere near them. PARAGRAPH 2: This picture demonstrates the theme of fearing the other, which is also explored in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. In the novel, the white majority in the town of Maycomb is very prejudice towards black people. They call them bad names, speak in poor manners to them, treat them as inferior and extremely unfairly. This image shows what it might have been like during the time frame in To Kill a Mockingbird.
PARAGRAPH 1: The theme of inequality and otherness is explored greatly in a poem written by a poet named Veronica Joseph. Her poem stresses the effects of inequality and how women are treated as inferior in society and aren’t recognized for the amount of work that they contribute. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Jem acts superior to Scout because he thinks that since she’s a girl, she is lesser than him. Scout is told to “act more like a girl” constantly in the novel, however, Jem is never told such things. In Veronica Joseph’s poem, she mentioned how women play just as powerful of a role in society, but aren’t credited for it and are looked upon as not as important as men in society. PARAGRAPH 2: Her poem reads: “Inequality lies Not in the dirt streets of a foreign country Or in stories of the past But today But in the hearts of women who work and work To balance What other women take That isn't theirs Those bloodsucking women Who learned that victim game And never made a contribution To their own lives Yes they Skate Sickness is their currency Weakness is their game Any woman Shouting about inequality Has to first be sure She is Pulling her own weight Working her own job Raising her own children Making her own time Giving her life to those that require Her Please god.”