To Kill A Mockingbird- by Harper Lee What, if any, prejudices do African Americans face in today's world? Have the issues that Lee discusses in To Kill a Mockingbird been resolved or are they...

To Kill A Mockingbird- by Harper Lee

What, if any, prejudices do African Americans face in today's world? Have the issues that Lee discusses in To Kill a Mockingbird been resolved or are they ongoing? 

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One of the main reasons that Harper Lee's novel remains relevant in today's society stems from the ongoing race issues in America. The problem of disenfranchised African Americans suffering from racial discrimination still exists to this day. Although race relations have drastically improved since the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, a time when African Americans gained many of their previously denied rights, prejudice still exists throughout America. The Black Lives Matter activist movement, which started in 2013 after the controversial acquittal of George Zimmerman, continues to campaign against violence and systemic racism toward African Americans. Protests in Ferguson and New York City following the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner continue to reveal some of the issues surrounding race relations in America. Issues concerning disproportionate numbers of incarcerated African Americans, displaced families due to gentrification, poverty, suppression of voting rights, and police brutality are associated with and often stem from ongoing prejudice toward African Americans. Harper Lee's story about the wrongful conviction of Tom Robinson still resonates to this day. The atmosphere surrounding the legal system and the mass incarceration of African Americans is still a present concern. To Kill a Mockingbird will remain relevant and significant as long as prejudice and discrimination exist.

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