“Some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negroes are not to be relied on around women– black or white. But this is a fact that uses to the human race and to no specific race of guys”. That was a quote by Atticus Finch.
Atticus Finch is a man who constantly tries to do what is right. In the novel ‘To Eliminate a Mockingbird’ a major style is bigotry. An innocent black guy is unjustly charged for raping a white lady. Throughout the book we find out about Atticus’ views on racism in addition to racism existing in the novel.
I feel extremely strongly about this subject and my views about it are extremely similar to Atticus’, rather than the majority of the Maycomb community’s. In ‘To Eliminate a Mockingbird’ racism has a big effect in the novel. Since the book was based in the 1930’s, the issue of bigotry was not only present in the book however mattered at the time in the Southern States of America. In 1930 Negroes had just been free from slavery for 65 years. After these 65 years of being free people, many whites still thought they are below them.
This isn’t so different in Australia. The Aboriginal Australians were just given the right to vote, after a referendum was kept in 1967. That was around 45 years back and still some aboriginals still come down with bigotry. The town of Maycomb County is a good example of a neighborhood whom a bulk of its citizens stereotype people by their skin colour. The difference from Atticus’s views on racism compared to an individual like Bob Ewell is entirely opposite. Atticus resides in a racist society and does not share these prejudice views.
Atticus when said “You never truly understand a male till you stand in his shoes and walk around in them”. He teaches his kids, Jem and Scout to treat everybody with regard, including their black house cleaner, Calpurnia. He appreciates individuals of colour and believes it is his responsibility to defend Tom Robinson to the best of his capability. Bob Ewell and a majority of Maycomb County do not agree with Atticus’s views. They do not see Tom as “Tom”, they see him as a negro. Atticus quotes: “what was one negro, more or less, among two numerous ’em?
He wasn’t Tom to them …”. Due to the jury racially victimizing Negroes, Tom Robinson was pronounced guilty. No matter how much proof Atticus justified to the court that Tom Robinson was innocent, the jury would still pick a white individual over a Negro. Tom genuinely believed he had no possibility for an appeal and decided to attempt to escape, taking his own opportunities and being shot. Tom thought that he would succumb to racial prejudice again and not be judged relatively in spite of his innocence.
Bigotry triggered an innocent man’s death. In my opinion, I do not see how anyone take advantage of being racist and I am so versus it. We are all people which does not change since of the colour of your skin. No race is much better than the other and it is oblivious to believe that you are above someone else by evaluating their skin colour. Bigotry is so unnecessary and I stand with Atticus’s views when It concerns this topic. Atticus’s absence of racial prejudice shows how fair and truly good of an individual he is.
Atticus made an impression on the Maycomb community, a community that in the 1930’s were very racially discriminating against coloured people. Atticus affects the reader to have not evaluate someone based on their skin colour. The Tom Robinson case was an action towards stopping racism. ‘Atticus finch won’t win, he can’t win, but he’s the only male in these parts who can keep a jury out so long in a case like that. ‘, Miss Maudie estimates ‘well, we’re making a step– it’s simply an infant action, but it’s an action’.