“Well, Mayella was raisin’ this holy racket so I dropped m’load and run as fast as I could but I run into th’ fence, but when I got distangled I run up to th’ window and I seen – ” Mr. Ewell’s face grew scarlet. He stood up and pointed his finger at Tom Robinson. “– I seen that black n***** yonder ruttin’ on my Mayella!”

– Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird, Chapter 17. Bob Ewell says this at Tom Robinson’s trial, condemning him to prison and ultimate death with his deadly lies. Ewell uses racist and dehumanizing language, doesn’t speak Tom’s name, emphasises his color and compares him to an animal – “ruttin.”