What aspects of society can be blamed for its inequities?According to the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, What aspects of society can be blamed for its inequities(lack of equality)? please provide 6...

What aspects of society can be blamed for its inequities?

According to the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, What aspects of society can be blamed for its inequities(lack of equality)?

please provide 6 pieces of evidence (quotes from the book).

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lfawley | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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The social structure of the town of Maycomb is typical of the south at the time and, sadly, of some areas of the south today). Adults, parents, the education system all were guilty of fostering racism in that, even if they did not directly teach it, they did not speak our against it. The court system was predisposed against African-Americans so how could Tom have even hoped to have gotten a fair trial? The blacks sat up in the balcony and they did nit serve on juries. How is it possible to have a jury of one's peers if the members of the jury are all of a different race than the defendant? Even members of the church seemed to not feel cocomfortable with Scout and Jem's presence because they were white children in a black church. The teacher in the school looked differently at the poor children than she did at the more affluent children. White affluent society, as a whole, drew clear lines that created a hierarchy - affluent white, working class white, poor white, and black in that order. This hierarchy was acceptable because it was codified by the school, the church, and the legal community.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Virtually all aspects of society can be blamed for the various inequalities present in the town of Maycomb in To Kill a Mockingbird. The various white elements of society seem to bare the brunt of racism, hatred and discrimination (against women, children, mentally challenged, etc.). But the Negro elements are not completely exempt. An example: when one of the black members of Calpurnia's church attempts to block the admittance of Jem and Scout because they are white. "They got their church, we got our'n," Lula tells Calpurnia.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The social stratum of the typical rural Southern town is accountable for the attitudes and outcome of the trial of Tom Robinson.  For the most part, Harper Lee portrays stereotypical characters:  the old Southern gentry in the DuBose family and Aunt Alexandra as a Finch--although Atticus is anything but typical--the Faulknerian characters of the Radleys, the Puritanical types, the Capotian oddball individuals, the poor whites with pride, the poor white trash, the underprivileged black.

Very little has changed in Maycomb since it has recovered from Reconstruction.  Attitudes are more idee fixes than anything.  Indeed, there is much of the caste system that operates in Southern towns.

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