To Kill a Mockingbird – Prejudice Quotes

Mrs Dubose – Trashing Atticus’ name “Your father’s no better than the ******s and trash he works for!”
Jem: Understanding Boo’s scenario “I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley’s stayed shut up in the house all this time … it’s because he wants to stay inside.”
Jem: Dolphus Raymond doesn’t belong “They don’t along anywhere. Coloured folks won’t have ’em because they’re half white; white folks won’t have ’em ’cause they’re coloured, so they’re just in-betweens, don’t belong anywhere.”
Atticus: Mayella and breaking the code of kissing a black man “She was white, and she tempted a Negro. She did something that in our society is unspeakable: she kissed a black man. … No code mattered to her before she broke it, but it came crashing down on her afterwards.”
Scout – Understanding what Atticus told her about Tom and his awkward situation ‘he would not have dared strike a white woman under any circumstances and expect to live long, so he took the first opportunity to run – a sure sign of guilt.’
Scout and Atticus: Discussing why Atticus is defending Tom despite there being no hope “Atticus, are we going to win it?” “No, honey.” “Then why – ” “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us to try not to win”
Jem: Negro blood makes you black “but around here once you have a drop of Negro blood, that makes you all black.”
Scout – Why the community didn’t like Atticus ‘The court appointed Atticus to defend him. Atticus aimed to defend him. That’s what they didn’t like about it’
Scout – Difference between whites and blacks (regarding Bob Ewell) ‘All the little man on the witness stand had that made him any better than his nearest neighbours was, that if scrubbed with lye soap in very hot water, his skin was white.’
Atticus: Speech about the assumption about Negros “The evil assumption – that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are immoral beings, that all Negro men are not to be trusted around our women, an assumption one associates with minds of their calibre.”
Atticus: Black man’s word against a white mans “In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins. They’re ugly, but those are the facts of life.”

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