They were “white trash” and they were very poorly educated.
From understanding the context the word is used in, Harper Lee proposes to the reader that the prejudice in Maycomb spreads from one character to another.
Miss Maudie also has some non- prejudiced views by saying that she is proud of “those people in this town who say that fair play is not marked white only.
Groups that were victims of prejudice included the ‘Cunninghams’ and the ‘Ewell’ families.
Aunt Alexandra didn’t used to let Scout play with Walter Cunningham as he was poor, was a farmer and was low class.
Mrs Dubose, a resident of Maycomb shows her racist views by making a remark about Atticus when she said to the children that their father was “no better than the niggers and trash he works for”.
From saying this, Mrs Dubose is not only saying that black people should be treated like trash and not as human beings, but she is also saying, the fact that Atticus has something to do with a black person, that he is also as low as a black person.
Although people were seen as being prejudiced against groups, individuals were also targeted. Most of the town is prejudiced against Boo as he doesn’t follow the crowd and is not often seen doing things that other people of Maycomb do.
Rumours and gossip portray Boo as a malignant and illusive character and children (being gullible as they are) believe the rumours, whether the gossip is true or not.
We know from the reaction of Jem towards the comments Mrs Dubose made, that Atticus’s children have been influenced by Atticus’s wise and open -minded views.
In part two of the novel, racism is quite evidently shown by the jury when Tom Robinson is on trial.