Friday, October 17, 2008

Chapters 26-31

What did Scout hear Miss Gates say at the courthouse? In class, Miss Gates said,
"That's the difference between America and Germany. We are a democracy and
Germany is a dictatorship. . . . We don't believe in persecuting anybody. Persecution
comes from people who are prejudiced." What does this tell us about Miss Gates?

6 comments:

sheril said...

Miss Gates telling the class how Germany is a dictatorship and the United States a democracy was a little hippocratic because the United States was doing the same thing with the African Americans. Another fact that her saying that tells us is that she is racist herself. By saying that the United States is a democracy tells us that she does not see anything wrong with the killing and abusing of black Americans.

isabela S said...

This tells us that Mrs. Gates is a hypoctrite. In class she says that the U.S.A doesn't believe in persecuting anybody. But that was a complete lie. Because in court, (and out of court) white men were persecuting the black race. And this tells us that Mrs. Gates, and pretty much all the rest of Maycomb, are prejudiced, as Mrs. Gates said in her classroom.

yannick lux said...

I have to disagree completly with Sheril since, I believe, she is not understanding what dictatorship means. It seems to me that she is saying that a dictatorship is a type of rule that is bad and descriminating. This is not really true. A dictatorship is when the government is ruled only by one person. This mostly has bad effects but it doesn't mean that dictatorship is when a government is badly run. But I do agree with the fact that Miss Gates was lying about saying that americans don't believe in persecution. Maybe they don't, but they do kill and descriminate blacks. and they do descriminate against indians too. To me it seems that Miss Gates is very proud of her country but she still is descriminating against African-Americans

sora cho said...

I agree with what everyone said, especially Yannick saying that Mrs. Gates is too proud of her country. She does not see how the African-Americans live, and does not seem to care about it. She thinks that the white are really the only people that make up the U.S., when the African-Americans should also be included and have the same right. She does not know, or seems to avoid it, that white men are persecuting African-Americans, which is not a good action.

Uin Kim said...

"Persecution comes from people who are prejudiced." This is what she said, and this was so hypocritical that it made me mad. She was being prejudiced herself about the people that persecuted. I am also sure that she prejudged and stereotyped many people as well, whether it is deliberate or not. Miss Gates is kind of dumb in a way because she does not realize how prejudiced she was while saying that other people are prejudiced.

andy said...

I completely agree with Isabela with the fact that the US is telling lies about themselves and how they are a democracy. They supposedly do not believe in persecution but a few years ago, Sadam Husaine was hanged by the high court. They do not believe in prejudice and yet they keep in judging people all the time. The thing is that it is simply human nature to judge people for who or what they are. I really do not blame them. That is something I would like to add.