To Kill a Mockingbird

why does Mr.Gilmer act upset when Tom Robinson says he felt bad for Mayella?

why he acted that way and why does tom feel sorry for Mayella?

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Part of white American prejudice in the South was that a black man did not have the right to feel sorry for a white girl or woman. Many whites felt that white women were not only better than black men but the two were even forbidden to be thought of in a similar context.