“To Kill A Mockingbird” promotes the anti-Southern narrative. The overwhelming majority of white people in the book were racist while only one black woman was presented as racist, Atticus was attacked for defending Tom Robinson even though the court chose him to, and the white people of the town believed Bob Ewell’s case more when he was totally untrustworthy.
Although in the town of Maycomb, Alabama, most of the white people were hateful towards black people – with the exception of the main character, Scout, and her family – there was only one black who was spiteful toward whites. She was a woman at the black church who didn’t want Jim and Scout worshiping with them. In contrast, almost every white person was either racist, while all blacks were kind, loving, and friendly towards all the whites.
Another example of this stereotype is the Tom Robinson trial. Tom Robinson was the main black character accused of raping a white girl named Mayela Ewell. Although the Ewells had no evidence that Tom committed the crime, he was still convicted. Tom’s lawyer, Atticus, who was Scout’s father, interrogated Mayela so forcefully that she eventually admitted that Tom had not actually raped her, but then claimed that he had just beaten her. It soon became clear that her father, Bob, was the one who had done the physical abuse as a punishment for Mayela trying to kiss Tom when she invited him into the house. By the end of the trial, it was obvious that Tom was innocent and everybody in the court seemed to know that, so by convicting him anyway the author, Harper Lee, hammered home the theme of inescapable Southern racism.
Moreover, Atticus was shunned for defending Tom, yet the court chose him to be his counsel. It seemed the people of the town weren’t mad at him accepting the case, but for legitimately defending him. They thought that Atticus should play along but not really give him the strong representation that this black man needed. If Atticus had done what the people wanted, then his reputation as a lawyer would be ruined for not actually working for his client.
Despite the fact that Atticus had gotten at the truth through Mayela’s testimony, still the white people wanted the conviction of Tom. It didn’t matter that Tom was a nice, honest, working man, and Bob was a drunk and spent all of his money on alcohol, leaving his children with little food to eat, the white people were so loathing of blacks that evidence and character didn’t matter, at least that’s what Lee wanted her readers to think.
Tom also had a supremacist all-white jury during his trial, which was not as widespread an occurrence as we’re led to believe. At the end of the case, the Ewells had not presented one shred of evidence against Tom, while Atticus had given plenty, again, reinforcing the picture that Southern society was brimming with injustice against blacks.
Therefore, “To Kill a Mockingbird Yankee” is anti-Southern propaganda. Because most of the whites were racist, Atticus was shunned for defending Tom, and the people trusted the Ewells case more than Atticus’, this popular and enduring work is a truly biased book.