Brown tension was common, so she witnessed many
Brown v. Board of Education marked a turning point in the history of the United States efforts to strengthen relationships between races. Supreme Court’s official ruling got rid of racial segregation in schools, abolishing the term, “Separate but Equal,” and instead worked diligently to make everyone equal. Before Brown v. Board of Education, racial segregation throughout schools was very common throughout all of The United States. This led to riots from both the blacks and the whites, and overtime, the case finally reached the Supreme Court who was able to come to a reality of how horribly the blacks were treated, and eventually the long desegregation process began. After two years of Brown v Board being in court, the nation was unhappy of the Court’s ruling to allow Linda Brown, a black fifth grader admission to an all-white school in Kansas. While some people triumphed, others became outraged, leading to riots often. Additionally, many people would say derogatory comments to the little girl, and officers had to begin escorting her to school (Kronenwetter). Another case involved 15-year old Dorothy Counts who enrolled into an all-white school in Charlotte, North Carolina. Girls spat in her face, people threw pebbles in her face, and many shoved her into a “bathroom and locked her inside” (Patterson) Several years of hard work was put in by the courts to help convince the people to change the people’s standards and opinions on blacks. Even when the integration process was complete, many people were unwilling to give blacks the respect that they deserved, which had been missing for most of their lives (Amistad Digital Resource). Harper Lee’s book, To Kill a Mockingbird is set to take place during the time of racial segregation. Lee grew up in Alabama, where the racial tension was common, so she witnessed many of the different practices because of where she grew up. It is because of these events that was a part of her everyday life that her book, To Kill a Mockingbird, was inspired. While Brown v Board does not play a huge role in To Kill a Mockingbird, knowing the social context of the trial helps readers better understand the struggles that African Americans faced as they fought for their simple freedoms.