Society today compared to Society in To Kill a Mockingbirdwhat would you say that society does today that is prejudice, injustice,. and ignorance. i think that we all of these attitudes in society...

Society today compared to Society in To Kill a Mockingbird

what would you say that society does today that is prejudice, injustice,. and ignorance.

i think that we all of these attitudes in society are still present here in our society because someone will always have reason to hate or discriminate.

one way these could be here today are bullying and judging others because of the obsession of looks we have in our country and our class/ reputation.

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drmonica | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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In today's society in the United States, there is still residual racial prejudice, even though it is largely unacceptable now to express it openly. Things have changed tremendously to render open racism politically incorrect. The election of a black president could never have happened in the days of TKAM; blacks were not even permitted to vote, serve on juries, or enjoy basic civil liberties.

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Oliver Stone, the director, once declared that Americans "worship fame."  There does seem to be an inordinate interest in the lives of celebrities.  Interestingly, there does not seem to be an sort of moral ruler for their behavior; most of the celebrities are forgiven their transgressions--at least more easily that someone else would be forgiven.

In addition, there is a justice for the rich and a justice for the poor.  If one can afford the "high-powered" attorney, one certainly stands a better chance in a trial.  O.J. Simpson clearly set the benchmark for this American bias.  In fact, his attorney Johnny Cochran, later stated that "the color of justice is green."  There are any number of "jailhouse lawyers" who have obtained reduced sentences for inmates who merely had court-appointed lawyers who were unconcerned with the welfare of their state-appointed client.  This adulation and moral elasticity for the rich is evident constantly in the treatment that wealthy people receive wherever they go, be it to a restaurant, a concert, or a bank or other place of business.  White collar crime often receives lighter sentences.  Why is it, for example, that computer hackers, who can literally ruin a multitude of lives and cost businesses millions of dollars, receive a sentence much less than other criminals whose crimes affect fewer lives?

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