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The Influence of Childhood Training on the Adulthood Rejection of Discrimination in Go Set a Watchman

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Abstract:

Racial prejudice, injustice, and discrimination against people of colored skin, especially African Americans, has become a global issue since the twenty century. Blacks are deprived of their rights regardless of their human natures and are disenfranchised from White’s societies due to their skin color which has put them as inferior and clownish creatures in White’s point of view. Although many anti-racist effort and speeches has done to solve racist issues and eliminate racism and its circumstances, still racism is alive and Blacks are suffering from it. Although, many White individuals accept themselves as anti-racist characters that color of skin does not matter to them, they still show prejudice and discrimination towards Blacks and cannot consider them as equal as themselves. A reason to such Whites’ thought and behavior is that they have faced this issue since their childhood and therefore they cannot change it because this attitude is entangled with their personality and is deeply ingrained in them. Thus, a way to stop and eliminate discrimination, prejudice, and injustice is to train children, the next generation, as anti-racist and color-blind characters. In this regard, it has been tried to investigate the role of children training in the elimination of social and racial discrimination in Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman (2015), which is sequel novel to her masterpiece To Kill a Mockingbird (1960). Moreover, Jean Piaget’s theory of Children’s Cognitive Development has been used for a better understanding of this investigation.

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Periodical:
International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences (Volume 76)
Pages:
15-24
DOI:
10.18052/www.scipress.com/ILSHS.76.15
Citation:
F. Rezazade and E. Zohdi, "The Influence of Childhood Training on the Adulthood Rejection of Discrimination in Go Set a Watchman", International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences, Vol. 76, pp. 15-24, 2017
Online since:
Mar 2017
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