When Atticus says, "There 's something in our world that makes men lose their heads --they couldn 't be fair if they tried, he implies how the white men can’t give a fair case to others. Since the jury is made out of all white farmers everyone expected them to convict Tom since it was a white man 's word against a blacks. The town shows prejudice to the blacks again by showing that they are superior so they have the power to say what is right. When Atticus says, “In our courts, when it 's a white man 's word against a black man 's, the white man always wins, he implies how again the whites are superior and their word will always be taken higher than a blacks. This quote shows the prejudicial ways of Maycomb through racial inequality.
This jeopardized free blacks. If a white man were to accuse a black of anything, the black man isn’t able to appeal to a jury and must appeal to a judge at a time when most judges were white and racist towards blacks. Popular Sovereignty was also questioned during this case. Popular Sovereignty was popular with politicians because it allowed the state to decide if it wanted to become a free state. Dred Scott was in a free state and was still put down by the supreme
In Harper Lee’s, To Kill a Mockingbird, the theme is discrimination to others can lead to the wrong assumptions. For example, Tom Robinson was never given a fair chance during his trial because of his race. The story quotes “I ain’t ever seen any jury decide in favor of a colored man over a white man” (Lee 279). The jury ended up convicting Tom Robinson guilty because of his skin color, not because he was truly was. The jury has the wrong assumptions about Tom Robinson and his race .
In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper E. Lee demonstrates that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird by symbolically representing the mockingbird as Tom Robinson; a man who is first arbitrarily prosecuted, then deprived of his innocence, and mercilessly shot down for an infraction that he did not commit. When Tom Robinson is accused of raping a white woman, it does not matter that he has never done or been accused of such a thing before because in a town like Maycomb, he is automatically guilty; not of rape like one would think, but simply of being black. When explaining to Jem why Tom will be found guilty no matter what happens in court, Atticus states: “Tom Robinson’s a colored man, Jem. No jury in this part of the world’s going to say, ‘We think
There were a handful of reasons that a person would be punished with death. The emancipation of the African Americans really began the acts of “conscienceless outlawry.” The fact that the white man had no right to scourge an emancipated African American gave him more fuel to want to convert and agree with lynching. To begin with the reasoning behind the lynching was to avoid race riots. The second reason was because of the right of an African American man to vote.
Atticus Finch is considered a mockingbird because he does not show any type of prejudice. An example of this is when Atticus takes on Tom Robinson's alleged rape court case. This shows a lot of courage and attitudes of a mockingbird because he knows that the case is going to be very hard because it is a white man's word against a black mans. Even though Atticus does not win the court case, which he should have because all the evidence was showing that Tom Robinson did not rape Mayella Ewell, but
“I ain’t ever seen any jury decide in favor of a colored man over a white man.” (Lee 208 par. 11). This quote shows that all jury’s pick whites as innocence before blacks even when whites have no evidence to prove innocence which then makes the trial an unfair trial since colored people were considered lower class than whites no black person has ever won a trial against a white person. Society influences everyone including the way blacks are being treated. It depends on the time period of which you could be affected by.
According to sheppardsoftware.com Andrew Jackson wanted slaves to be slaves, woman to be cooks, and white males to rule the household and conquer the world. He celebrates men that are common. Why can’t blacks be included or women be included? He should be taken off because what if a woman carries 20’s but now doesn’t because the face on there did not believe in woman.
In the case of Strauder v. West Virginia, an African American man challenged the state’s law that only whites could serve in jury duty, saying that it was unconstitutional to the 14th Amendment, but the court ruled that states could choose to exclude any person from serving on a jury, even if that reason was simply because they were not white (Strauder v. West Virginia). From this decision, it is clear that, even after the passing of the 14th Amendment, many, if not most court judges thought that African Americans were inferior, intellectually and morally, to white men, and still held that equal participation in the government should not be possible. The denial of African Americans from serving their country, through their local courts, in the same capacity as white people was a chief reason for the continual contention that was had with state governments, especially those that were disinclined to allow civil rights to African Americans, and court appeals for violation of rights seemed to be the most effective way to induce the equality of the races, or at least to make people aware of the social injustice. One of the most famous examples of the push against discrimination was the landmark Brown v. the Board of Education, a consolidation of four cases from four states against the state government for the laws against African Americans children from attending “whites only” schools violating the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment (Brown v. Board of Education). The idea of schools that educate students of different races was not a frontrunning issue in America’s sociopolitical eye until the eve of the Civil Rights Movement, and although the Fourteenth Amendment protects the rights of American citizens to enjoy equal institutions, the
Not only did the attorney use no real evidence to support his case towards Jefferson but the attorney also was not confident in his case. In one part of the court scenes Jefferson’s attorney states “He is innocent from all charges against him. But let’s just say he was not. Let us for a moment say he was not. What justice would there be to take this life?”
In both of theses stories there is some precious stuff going on. In to kill a mockingbird Tom Robinson was accused of rape that he did not do, but because he was black he had got accused of it. In the report of Emmett Till Till was killed because he had want to the south to visit his family but he was killed because he was black. Emmett Till was innocent but because he had no wetness no one would have ever believed him in his point of view.
Sometimes a law can be righteous but when actually enacted wrong. King needed a permit to parade in Birmingham Alabama, nothing is wrong with this law. However, he was denied the permit and his god given first amendment right. Earlier stated, unjust laws go against the law of god and when he was denied his own rights. King felt the law was no longer just and could be broken on the condition of accepting the punishment.
Chase dreams even if doing so is technically illegal. Throughout history, we have celebrated those who disobey unjust laws in the name of justice. Take Martin Luther King for example. “A law is unjust if it is inflicted on a minority that, as a result of being denied the right of vote, had no part in enacting or devising the law. ”(King, p469)
Brown Did Not Help the Economic Problems of African Americans Justice Earl Warren fought tirelessly to have a unanimous Supreme Court decision in the case of Brown v. Board of Education. The justices knew this would be a landmark case (Urofsky, Seminar). While Brown was a step in the right direction, not only did it not solve the problem of school segregation, but it did not solve the root of the Jim Crow laws. By ruling on segregation specifically in education and not addressing the economic issues that plagued African Americans, Brown did not have the positive effect on race relations in the south that it could have. Brown did not solve the problem of school segregation.