“Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible” by Maya Angelou. When racism, sexism, and classism exist in society people are harmed by prejudice. In “to kill a Mockingbird” Harper Lee shows how education, family values, and independent thoughts can overcome those obstacles. “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences” by Audre Lorde in Our Dead Behind Us: Poems. Racism is prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior. In the book “to kill a Mockingbird”, the people in Maycomb misjudge the e African-American. They treat them like trash. Harper Lee shows in the book that one’s appearance or race can change other’s opinions about a certain person without knowing their character’s personality or beliefs. An example that was given in the book is Tom Robinson’s case. Tom Robinson is a black man who was accused of raping a white girl named Mayella Ewell because he is black of course he lost the case even after everyone knew that he was not guilty. In “to kill a Mockingbird” was said ” Atticus had used every tool available to free men to save Tom Robinson, but in the secret courts of men’s hearts Atticus had no case. Tom Robinson was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed”. This shows that Tom Robinson was already dead because he is black and Mayella was white. That is an example of how everyone’s opinions were influenced because of Tom’s skin color and race. “When it comes to determining child custody, however, sexism is the rule” by Phyllis Schlafly. Sexism or gender discrimination is prejudice or discrimination based on a person’s sex or gender. Sexism relates to ” to kill a Mockingbird” because females were supposed to wear dresses and act girly. Aunt Alexandra thinks that scout acts like a tomboy and not enough like a real lady. At that time ladies were supposed to be polite and respectful, and have tea parties and do not play in the mud. That was shown when Aunt Alexandra said to scout ” we thought it would be best for you to have some feminine influence in your life.”Classicism is prejudice or discrimination on the basis of social class. This means depending on how much money you make or your family makes you will get judged upon it. In ” to kill a Mockingbird”, poverty is a huge issue in Maycomb. There are 3 classes in Maycomb in the book, the upper class like Aunt Alexandra and Miss Caroline, the middle class like Atticus and Miss Maudie and the lower class like Ewell family and the Cunninghams.