Racism is Unforgivable


Ani Rodriguez, Literary Journalist

In the book “To Kill a Mockingbird,” it states that “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs. They don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” Tom Robinson is an example of the idea that even if he was innocent, it didn’t matter. Society went against him because of the color of his skin and he was convicted for something he didn’t do, which is definitely wrong. Due to the damage caused by racism throughout history, people should never be forgiven for racism, since it causes harm in many ways.

My first reason is that many people have been treated unfairly and punished, even gotten murdered, like Emmett Till. Racism shouldn’t be forgiven because people of color like Emmett Till are treated unfairly and may be violently abused because of racism. This kind of mindset creates many disadvantages to people of color throughout their lives. They can get imprisoned unfairly, get murdered and other brutal experiences. For example, in “To Kill a Mockingbird” it shows that Tom Robinson got convicted in even though it was clear that he was innocent and hadn’t done anything wrong.  But the court chose to ignore those facts and found him guilty anyway. Like him, many people of color have been victims of prejudice, inequality and discrimination due to racism, which is wrong and people shouldn’t be forgiven for that.

There are other reasons why people shouldn’t be forgiven for racism. Some people would keep the same mindset and continue to be racist towards others, which make it difficult for people of color to advance. Because of racism, many people have been impacted negatively and have been denied their rights. In To “Kill a Mockingbird,” Tom Robinson experienced a lot of discrimination because of his skin color and even Atticus becomes a victim of prejudice because of helping and defending Tom Robinson. On the other hand, Bob Ewell continued to have the same mindset and caused harm towards Atticus’s children by attacking them. Bob Ewell did not change his mindset and continued doing wrong. This example shows that people shouldn’t be forgiven for racism because it they will continue to cause harm and discriminate towards people of color.

Some people think that people should be forgiven for racism because people make mistakes and people can change. “To Kill a Mockingbird” shows how Scout changed her mindset from thinking she should be racist to realizing it was wrong and wanting Tom Robinson not to be convicted. But people shouldn’t be forgiven for racism because, again, their mindset may continue to be the same and may cause harm towards people of color. According to “Emmett Till is Murdered,” the two men “then beat him nearly to death, gouged out his eye, shot him in the head and then threw his body, tied to the cotton-gin fan with barbed wire, into the river.” This kind of mentality is wrong and because of this mentality, some people will continue being what they are, and cause many setbacks and disadvantages towards people of color. This kind of mindset is unforgivable, it can affect people’s lives negatively making them struggle and face more difficulties in their lives.

In conclusion, people shouldn’t be forgiven for racism because it causes harm towards others and society in many ways since it causes many setbacks towards people of color and makes it so that they experience more hardships. Racism causes harm towards people both mentally and physically and causes many disadvantages and unequal privileges. There’s an imbalance in the way people are treated overall, so racists shouldn’t be forgiven because of the damage they caused towards people, society and the future.