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  • RACE
  • son hunting is a simple way of life
  • you need to understand technology  in our complex society 
  •  Race is a social construct that differentiates a group of people from another using physical characteristics such as skin colour, facial features and hair texture (Whittington-Walsh 2018).A group can identify themselves as a dominant group without any qualifying standard but they have power and a voice. In the Famous book To Kill a Mockingbird  (Lee, 1960) written in the 1930's post-depression setting in a small tired town of Maycomb Alabama, Scout the daughter of Atticus Finch (a lawyer) identifies different races in Maycomb. The image shows Calpurnia an African American who is the domestic worker for Atticus and caregiver to Scout.
  • Racism is a preconceived notion that one race is superior to another thereby enhancing discrimination, segregation and prejudice(Little, 2013). Racism categorizes people into majority/dominant group and minority group. The majority group have socioeconomic power. The minority group may be more populous than the majority group but they lack power and voice(Whittington-Walsh,2018). The above illustration shows segregation between Whites and African American in Mayomb Alabama in the 1930's (Lee, p 124)
  • According to Darwin's theory of evolution, man evolved from a lower animal (ape) and only the fittest species survive. Herbert Spencer applied Darwin's theory to the society (Whittington-Walsh,2018). He says that human society started simple but a progressive society must advance to complex science and technology in other to survive. Societies that remain simple remains weak and powerless (Whittington-Walsh,2018). In Maycomb, the African American are regarded as weak and powerless because they live the simple life in the outskirt of town and do simple jobs like a domestic worker.(Lee, 1960)  
  • According to Whittington-Walsh Little(2018), Stereotype is the generalization of a belief to a group of people. Stereotype characterizes a group of people by applying a  notion or idea to the whole group.  Stereotype could be advantageous to a race or detrimental (Little,2013). In To kill a mocking bird, Lee shows white stereotype. The whites are considered intelligent and they do the smart jobs. Examples are Atticus the lawyer and Judge Taylor.The blacks are stereotyped as low lives who do odd jobs. Examples are Calpurnia and Tom Robinson (Lee, 1960)  
  • Today's example: African Americans are good basketballers
  • Maycomb Alabama 1930's
  • In Harper Lee's famous book To Kill  A Mockingbird, Lee narrates her experiences in a small town of Maycomb Alabama in 1930's. She describes a small tired town post-depression with the different races (mainly white and African Americans)  . The African Americans in Maycomb experienced racism on every front: prejudice, discrimination segregation and institutional racism. The image shows segregation between the whites and blacks in the courtroom," the coloured balcony ran along three walls of the courtroom like a second balcony" (lee, p.166)  
  • According to Lee, the judicial system in Maycomb was prejudiced against the African Americans who are the minority group in Maycomb in the 1930's.Tom Robinson a black man was accused of raping Mayella. There was no concrete evidence found against him but most of the white residents of Maycomb and the judge found him guilty as charged.His skin colour condemned him. Atticus Finch, Tom Robinson's lawyer explains to his children that "In our courts when it's a white mans' word against a black mans' the white man always wins" (Lee, p.224). 
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