One of the themes of the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is racism makes people act cruelly towards others. It is very evident in the book that racism is common in Maycomb County. During the trail Mr. Ewell takes out his anger on Atticus for making him look stupid. At that Moment Aunt Alexandra came to the door and called us, but she was too late. It was Miss Stephanie’s pleasure to tell us: this morning Mr. Bob Ewell stopped Atticus on the post office corner, spat in his face, and told him he’d get him if it took the rest of his life. (Page 217) This is one mere example of how racism gets the best of the citizens in Maycomb County.
Another time in the book when racism is clearly an issue is when Calpurnia takes the children to her church on Sunday. When they enter the Church everyone is kind and respectful, everyone except Lula. Lula is rude and immediately finds it offensive to have white children in their African American church. Making a scene and calling Calpurnia out for it. Eventually the rest of the church members tell her to stop and welcome the children warmly.
The last example is when Mr. Ewell attempt killing Mr. Finch’s Children. Something crushed the chicken wire around me. Metal ripped on metal and I fell to the ground and rolled as far as I could, floundering to escape my wire prison. (Page 262) The prejudices that Mr. Ewell holds against African Americans are unbelievable. For him to be so against a human being that he tries to kill their children is disgusting and hard to even think about. These are all prime examples on how racism makes people act cruelly towards others.