To Kill a Mockingbird: Racism

Topics: To Kill a Mockingbird, Racism, African American Pages: 2 (494 words) Published: November 29, 2009
To Kill a Mockingbird
Racism is defined as “the hatred or intolerance of another race or races” and it didn’t really matter where you went around the time period of when To kill a Mockingbird took place, because you were bound to be around some type of racism. There are the verbal racists who vocalize their racist views and ideas and then there are the quiet racists who could also be called “closet racists”. One huge example of a “closet racist” in this novel is Aunt Alexandra. Aunt Alexandra, in chapter twenty four holds a tea party with some other older women who are also racists. A word to describe the kind of behavior portrayed by these women at the tea party could be considered sanctimonious, because of their comparison of themselves to the African American race when they claim to be good Christians themselves. One could even say they were being sanctimonious. To be sanctimonious means to be hypocritically superior, and that’s exactly how the women act at the tea party. For instance; when one of the women tells Scout she’s lucky she’s a Christian in a Christian community because all there is besides Christianity is “sin and squalor”. Besides that blasphemous comment there were a few other surprising racial comments such as when one woman referred to Tom Robinson as “darky” when talking about his case. None of those comments by those women in that chapter could be considered very lady like by any means, which is ironic considering Scout was attending the tea party to learn a lesson on how to be proper. Scout learned a lesson alright, but not on how to be proper, but how not to act when she grows up. The things Scout learned from the women at the tea party were not intended to be taught to her, but were apart of a lesson Scout had been so ignorant about for some time. How to be a “proper” lady was not what Scout had in mind for a future until Aunt Alexandra came along. Scout wanted to be a lawyer but that dream had been shot down by...
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