Texts That Show the Injustice of Race in American History

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In the texts, of To kill a mockingbird, The Hurricane and Hairspray, the themes of race, injustice/justice and friendship are shown. Tales of conviction of blacks or any race of that kind are seen throughout life. With strong friendship embraced when supporting convicted innocent people. It makes you wonder, if all these characters have been found innocent, how many other people have been charged for a crime that they didn't commit?

Starting off with race, this theme is thoroughly seen as the backbone of these stories. Race can be defined as 'a human population considered distinct based on physical characteristics.' It is known to often go hand in hand with Racism. Drawing to the near end of the nine-tenth century, American society was built on the conflict and racial tension between all races, particularly between whites and blacks. Examples of this are present in these three texts. Whether it, be in Harper Lee's novel "To kill a Mockingbird", In Adam Shankman's version of Hairspray or Norman Jewison's film of The Hurricane, race is a major issue. Where blacks and whites are divided and are usually discriminated by the colour of their skin. Racism follows the lives of many characters, distinctively in "To kill a Mockingbird"; the lives of Calpurnia, Tom Robinson, members of the black community and even members of the white are affected by Racism. Calpurnia (a black member of the community) is often regarded as a nigger whereas Atticus is said to be a nigger lover. But just as it goes in the book “no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash”. In The Hurricane, this point is further addressed, when a murder occurs and the suspected are two Negroes. When police come across Rubin Carter and John Artis they immediately suspect them, as Rubin Hurricane Carter later questions with "Any two will do". These two men are found guilty because of their background. In Hairspray a similar situation evolves when a...
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