RACISM IN MAYCOMB ALABAMA IN THE 1930’s:
In the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, it covers a lot of the social justice issues. The one that stood out to me when I first read the book was the issue of racism in Maycomb, Alabama. Before I started reading the novel, I read a biography of Harper Lee to understand where the novel was coming from. As I predicted, a lot of the characters are alike to her own family and some of the events that happen in this story are based or influenced by true experience she had. She also said herself that the events are based on her childhood experience with her family and neighborhoods –Her father was a lawyer, she was a tomboy, she grew up in Alabama, she was the youngest of 4 siblings, her mother died when Lee was in her 20’s.
Racism is a big issue around the world, towards every race. In the novel, racism towards black people in Maycomb was brought up. In real life, these issues really did exist of still do. Harper Lee’s family also had a black housekeeper like Calpurnia in the novel. During this period of time, black people were still seen as slaves for the white people. In the south, because they lost in the civil war, black people were treated worst than the black people living in the north. Black people were kept under white social and economic control. If a black person/family had any social or economical development, they were seen as a treat back in the days.
I am 100% against racism to every race. No one benefits from the racism and in the end, we are all same human beings –why are we harming each other? The world has become a better place compared to before, but racism still does exist in this world. Imagine how peaceful will the world be if there was so racism and we all got along together no matter which race we are.