Relationship between "How to Kill a Mockingbird" and "Mississipi Burning"

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Feature Article: "If you ain't better then a nigger, then who you better then?"

What is a "nigger"? "Used as a disparaging term for a Black person" in the modern world, calling a black man, a nigger would be offensive and would be racist.

What is racism? "Racism is a form of discrimination based on race, especially the belief that one race is superior to another. Racism may be expressed individually and consciously, through explicit thoughts, feelings or acts, or socially and unconsciously through institutions that promote inequality between races."

Racism is relevant in society today as well as the past, where there was different kinds of racism, through colour, gender etc. But, there is a different meaning of racism in the texts, "To Kill a Mockingbird" and Mississippi Burning, where coloured people, as they say, are discriminated based purely on their skin colour, but not judged by their skills, human like features etc.

In context of the film and book, the white community judge only by appearance. Racism is society is relevant to the book by Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird" and the film, Mississippi Burning, directed by Alan Parker.

In context, between the book "To Kill a Mockingbird" and the film, "Mississippi Burning", they show racism in two unique ways, from "To Kill a Mockingbird", racism is distinctly shown through a small town, Maycomb, through the eyes of a young girl, Scout. The growth of racism is proportional to the growth of Scout. The concept of Bildungsroman, a German word meaning novel of growth/ education comes into context in relation to Scout and her view of her "world". While in the Mississippi Burning, racism is shown through various film techniques, symbolic meanings and mediums.

"To Kill a Mockingbird" is a great example...