- Back in the 1960s, black citizens often were accused of being “uppity” or “forgetting their color.” During the trial, Mr. Hickock says, “Some who observed Bump say he even acted as if he’d forgotten his color, since he took care of the old man like he was his very own son.” Why would white people become so angered by and often violent toward black people who “forgot their color”?
- Mama tells Addie Ann that a scapegoat is someone who folks can blame for their troubles. Have you ever seen somebody being treated as a scapegoat for another person’s problems? If so, explain.
- Mr. Hickock shouts at Uncle Bump, “Answer me boy!” Uncle Bump explodes, “I am a man!” Why do you think Uncle Bump reacts so strongly? How would you have reacted if you were Uncle Bump?
Scapegoat Emmett Till