Back in the time period of To Kill A Mockingbird, blacks were referred to as "niggers", and blamed for most things, even when they were innocent. An example of this is when a character named Nathan Radley hears someone in his cabbage patches. He shot his gun in the air and when people asked what happen, he automatically told them it was a "nigger". Even though he didn't see the person. But, he knew the person was white by this quote someone said he said. "Shot in the air. Scared him though, says if anyone sees a white "nigger" running around here that's him" (54). Meaning that he knows the person is white. Another thing is that some people even put animals above blacks, as told in the rest of the quote. "Got the other barrel waitin' for the next hears in his patch, be it dog, "nigger", or Jem Finch (a character) (54). Now he must have known it was Jem, or why would he have said his name? This shows that Mr. Radley didn't have any respect for blacks.
Not only were blacks referred to as "niggers" but, anyone associated with them, except for slave masters, were called, "nigger" lovers. An example of this is that a character named Atticus Finch is defending a black person named Tom Robinson in court. Because he is doing this, most people in town are calling him a "nigger" lover. Not only are the adults saying it, but their children are saying it too. Since Atticus is defending this man, he has also tried to been jumped many time also. But... [continues]
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