Race

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  • Race
  • Social Evolution & Darwinism
  • We are much more sophisticated then these people.
  • They will never become developed!
  • Stereotypes
  • That person with that 'thing' covering her face must be a terrorist!
  • Race has been socially created over centuries to try and put people into groups based on certain similarities, like their skin colour, and appearance. The meaning of race was developed to differentiate between physical genetic differences, even though there is no biologicals evidence for racial classification.
  • Discrimination
  • Sorry, but you don't make the height and weight requirements to be part of the R.C.M.P. (example of indirect discrimination)
  • Social Darwinism emerged in the 1800's when certain societies became more developed. Competition made societies adapt, and they became more complex. Other civilizations such as hunter's and gather's who were people of darker skin, were viewed as primitive. These simpler societies were viewed as a simpler race, and therefore could not develop.
  • Example of stereotyping in TKAM
  • "To Maycomb, Tom's death was typical. . Typical of a ni***r to cut and run." (Lee,240)
  • Stereotypes are over simplified and wide-spread beliefs we hold about certain individuals, groups and cultures. These stereotypes are not something we are born thinking, however we learn them through socialization during our lifetime.
  • Example of Discrimination in TKAM
  • “If he had been whole he would have been a fine specimen of a man." (Scout, 212)
  • Discrimination is the belief that certain individuals are less than human. Direct institutional discrimination is when policies or practices deny a certain person or group of people's rights. Indirect institutional discrimination is when policies don't intentionally mean to exclude certain people but do.
  • In Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird, there are many examples of racism. The story of Tom running away from prison works into the pre-existing ideas that the "white" people of the town hold about the “blacks”. Most of the "white" people of Maycomb believe that it is typical for a “black’ man to run away from his problems, and not have a plan for future consequences.
  • There is a lot of discrimination in Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird. During the trial, as Scout observes Tom, she can tell that he is not lying as he testifies. She realizes that if Tom would have been “white” (whole) instead of being “black" that he would not have faced the direct institutional discrimination and would have been found innocent.
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