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Racism has been a part of society since the dawn of time. The dominance and control over another human being or slavery has existed for thousands of years. In modern society there are a few special people who have fought to change the mindsets of racists. In the 1960’s, Martin Luther King Jr. led the peaceful violence free rally’s to broadcast the plight of the African Americans. Authors like Harper Lee and Elie Wiesel wrote the novels To Kill a Mockingbird and Night. These were about how humans persecuted others while the caring people around them tired to break down the prejudice. Martin Luther King Jr., Harper Lee and Elie Wiesel all used their voices and or words to show the world what they stand for. These influential voices let people become aware of racism, the effects it has, and how to overcome it. It takes strong person with knowledge of how to beat this epidemic to become successful in the fight against racism.

Racism has been going on since the beginning of history. Racism is the belief that one race is inferior to another race. Racist people think that their race is physically, mentally, morally or culturally superior to those of other races. This makes a racist sometimes feel that they deserve more rights and or privileges than a race that they feel is inferior to their race (Nunn).

There are different classes of racism or kinds in which Tom Robinson of To Kill a Mockingbird and Elie of Night went through. Tom Robinson lived in a small town called Maycomb in the 1930’s. In this town most of its citizens were prejudice against African Americans such as Tom. Tom was soon accused of rape and then sentenced to death even though

there was no evidence proving that he was guilty. Yet even with much evidence for him stating that he was innocent. The jury of all white people voted Tom guilty due to their prejudice against African Americans (Lee). This type of racism is called racial profiling in the...