Racism In To Kill A Mockingbird


People choose to run away from the truth because they fear to be judged by their thoughts caused by racism. Even though this fact can end up by taking someone’s life, they choose to escape from the truth rather than being judged because of racism. Sometimes people forget about humanity and equality and the only thing they choose is to escape from the truth and choose judgement that is caused from racism. 

The judgment that comes from racism is powerful enough to make a person escape the truth. Atticus' family were on the racism side and didn’t want Atticus to defend or help a colored person. They were saying that now they are embarrassed, and they never will be able to live the same way they used to live. In the story Atticus’s family said, “...but now he’s turned out a n*****-lover we’ll never be able to walk the streets of Maycomb again. He’s ruinin’ the family, that’s what he’s doin” (83). Racism is not only for black people, racism is for everyone. Everyone can be on the receiving side of racism. Atticus was not a colored person, but his family were being racist to him, because he was defending a colored person. Atticus was receiving racism because of what he was doing.

Sometimes the power of judgement because of racism is powerful enough to make you give up on yourself even though you know you are not guilty. Scout is telling us how Tom Robinson was scared to tell the truth in the beginning, even though he knew he was not guilty. At first, he decided to give up on himself and he said, “he took Advantage of her” (192). Tom was actually a really nice person, he had helped Mayella many times without taking anything from her, but Mayella decided to make him guilty. Scout said, “Tom Robinson was probably the only person who was ever decent to her. But she said he took advantage of her, and when she stood up she looked at him as if he were dirt beneath her feet” (192). Tom was a really nice and decent person. He had helped Mayella many times, but Mayella was being racist to him and made him guilty. This was really unfair because Tom was a decent person, and he was nice to Mayella but because of racism Mayella said that he was guilty, even though he was not guilty.

Judgement that comes from Racism has the power to make a decent person to be judged guilty only because of his color. Tom was a really decent person to Mayella. When Tom heard Bob Ewell screaming and yelling, he decided to run instead of staying and speaking for himself, because he knew they were going to make him guilty because of his color, because of racism. Tom knew he didn't do anything wrong, but he ran. Tom never stayed and spoke to Bob, because he was scared of racism, he was scared of how they were going to judge and treat him. Tom said, “Mr. Finch, if you was a n**** like me, you’d be scared, too” (195). People should not be scared to speak for themselves, but the judgement that others make based on racism is making a decent person to be scared of something he never did.

In general the facts are easy to escape. Telling the truth is the powerful thing but some people choose to escape from it because of judgement that comes from racism. They choose to escape from the truth rather than being judged because of racism. Tom never raped or hurt Mayella but Bob and others chose to escape from the truth and judge him because of his color. Tom died, but he was never guilty. Racism is powerful and escaping the truth because of judgement based on racism is more powerful, that it can make a decent person into a guilty person.

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