Why were blacks expected to be less than whites?

Racial Segregation played a part in the novel, having whites view blacks as less individuals. Where people of color are suppose to serve to whites, as Jem suggested to Miss Maudie ” Why don’t you get a colored man?”(Lee 74) Blacks are being portrayed as vulnerable individuals who can not please themselves, but only to others. Their skin color is what determines the way that they should be treated. They are also being seen to only do minor jobs ,” They mowed lawns, “took in washing,” shined shoes, did all the menial jobs.”(Connie 14) These people were seen as slaves and to obey their owners , whites. They were taken to be dumb and useless for anything big in society. Whites did not ever picture a black person being a professional worker like they were. They were expected to take orders from one individual or just be an outdoor worker. Some say the color of our skin says a lot about our future ,”the notion that a particular skin color signaled one’s status as a human being.”(Jeffries 1)For the reason blacks had colored skin , everyone was suppose to treat them like trash. All because of what people thought they were suppose to be viewed as.People have no right to treat others less just because of the color of their skin.


Lee , H. To Kill A Mockingbird.New York: Warner books, 1982.print

“How a Southerner Licked Intolerance” To Kill A Mockingbird nonfiction Reading Companion, March 2014: p.print

Jeffries, Shavar. “Stigma, Status and Expectations” http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/03/12/young-black-and-male-in-america/black-men-stigma-status-and-expectations The New York Times Company March 13, 2012 (web) March 26

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