In Mrs. Teitelbaums class, our class read the famous well known book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. To Kill a Mockingbird is about the life of Scout (aka Jean Louis) Finch and her family. You have to read the book to find out why the book is called To Kill a Mockingbird.
In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus (one of the main characters) told his kids Jem and Scout to not catch ‘Maycomb’s usual disease. This isn’t talking about a disease like sick stuff. What Atticus is actually talking about with the disease part is actually being prejudice. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, there are lots of scenes in the book where at least one person is being prejudice against someone. I am now going to explain to you a few examples from the book, explain how being prejudice starts and explain what we can do as people to end the act of being prejudice.
The book To Kill a Mockingbird doesn’t just have examples of being prejudice as in the form of racism. For example, Arthur Boo Radley. Arthur Boo Radley is the neighborhood myth, but he is a real person. Boo had a troubled past. After a rowdy youth and strict upbringing, he seems to have been isolated in his own house for many years. He has no company or friends, and only timid and clandestine interaction with the Finch children. He is a sign of being prejudice because people were very intolerant to him because he was different.
The act of being prejudice doesn’t just go away in the blink of an eye. Being prejudice has been going on for along time and in fact it still goes on today. A way being prejudice can start is by hearing someone you know or someone you admire be prejudice. For example, when we see lots of children follow acts of being prejudice, we think why are they saying that. The answer is because their parents must do it. Children pick up a lot of stuff from their parents. Its just the example they are being taught is the wrong example to send in kids heads.
How can we end this? Well, there is a way to end the acts once in for all. One way to end it is that we have to set the right example for children. We have to teach them that all those prejudice slurs and anything else they say or do is wrong. We have to show them the right path in life which is not being prejudice no matter what. We also need to stop doing it to and if someone else is doing it, we need to tell that person that thats not good we don’t except that here.