A quote from To Kill A Mockingbird that shows Atticus cares for black people?can you please post some quotes that show Atticus stands up for and cares for black people and sees them as equals and...

A quote from To Kill A Mockingbird that shows Atticus cares for black people?

can you please post some quotes that show Atticus stands up for and cares for black people and sees them as equals and not worthless being like everyone else in Maycomb?

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Atticus fights racial prejudice throughout the story. It comes to a head in the trial of Tom Robinson.

At the beginning of his closing argument in Tom Robinson's trial, Atticus says, "This case is as simple as black and white." This is an obvious reference to the racial nature of the charges against Tom and the attitude of some of the townspeople toward him.

Then, speaking of the young woman who has accused Robinson of rape, Atticus says of Mayella Ewell, ". . . I cannot pity her. She is white." He means that she has many advantages in life that non-whites do not have.

Then, he describes how Mayella has gotten herself into trouble, "She did something that in our society is unthinkable: She kissed a black man." Here, Atticus is using verbal irony. He doesn't mean that he thinks it's unspeakable to kiss a black person, he means that society at large thinks it is, and this is why Mayella feels the need to accuse him of rape, to coverup the evidence of her own indiscretion.

As he is finishing his closing argument, he says "But there is one way in this country in which all man are created equal--there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller . . . That institution, gentelmen, is a court." With this quote, Atticus is in a sense speaking to the townspeople who assume Tom is guilty because he is black and accused by a white woman.

The Enotes link below looks at the theme of prejudice in To Kill a Mockingbird.

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