The Brock Turner case is a very controversial case that spark debate on the subject of white male privilege and the abuse of power. People speculate that the only reason Turner received such a minimal sentence is because his parents are affluent and influential, due to their success and status as a white professional. He was found guilty and the judge gave him a very lenient sentence. Many people saw this as unfair to the girl that was raped and to everyone else impacted by this man 's crime. The judge 's name is Aaron Persky.
Cruel Times The cruelty in this book is seen through the situations of Tom Robinson, Boo Radley, and Maycomb's reaction to Atticus taking the Tom Robinson case It is very unsettling. Tom Robinson's case was a very unique in that he did absolutely nothing wrong and was still in court all because of his skin. "There's something in our world that makes men lose their heads they couldn't be fair if they tried. In our courts, when it's a white man's word against a black man's, the white man always wins. They're ugly, but those are the facts of life."
As stated in the novel, a white man's words is always won against a black man’s. "The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be he any color of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box"(Chapter 23). In this case the power is in one person’s words based on the color of their skin. Through the eyes of the courtroom nobody was blinded nor equal. The color of one’s skin determined who was guilty and who was innocent.
Color meant nothing to him. He once said, “There’s just one kind of folks. Folks.” He believed all men were equal, and that’s how he treated them. He told me something that I still think about when I think of racism, “As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men everyday of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it-whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash." He didn’t even recognize people by their age.
Everybody has freedom, but if they exceed this freedom by committing a crime, do people always get punished equally? If two men from a different race commit the same crime, why aren’t they always awarded with the same punishment? This thought could have went through one’s mind when said one was reading To Kill a Mockingbird, and asked themselves if a Caucasian man would have gotten the same punishment as Mr. Robinson after the same great defence Mr. Finch delivered. As a matter of fact, one might have also wondered how, being poor, Mr. Robinson still managed to get a lawyer. This fact is explained by two elements.
Bob Ewell is a drunken father of the family. In the part two of the book, Tom Robinson, a black man is accused of raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell. The social norm of this time was to respect whites, and treat blacks differing. Therefore, it was a sin for Tom to disrespect Mayella. Atticus Finch, a lawyer and respected white man fought for Tom and bravely tried as his lawyer.
He didn’t fit in the society as well as his brothers, which made him strongly disliked. He stood out in the crowd which showed that he was extremely different and Anthem didn’t like different. One thing that made him stand out was that he was built differently than his brothers. “Ever have the teachers and the Leaders pointed to us and frowned and said ‘There is evil in your bones, Equality 7-2521, for your body has grown beyond the bodies of your brothers.” (Rand 18). Equality was also highly intelligent, smarter than his brothers, and he had potential to be an amazing member of the city, but he was never given the chance to be great.
Tom Robinson was a black man convicted of rape at a time when the Jim Crow laws were at their most potent, thus there was a large power divide between the white population and the black one. Since the jury was composed of all white men the odds facing Atticus’s success in this case where astronomical. However, Atticus chooses to take the case. In taking the case alone Atticus demonstrates great social courage, for social courage is when you persevere to the end of a task despite social adversity and pushback. This pushback is shown by multiple instances in which Jem and Scout are made fun of for their father is a “n****r lover”.
Often criticized for his treatment of the Invisible Man, and his rise to power during a time when only the white people had any power; Mr. Bledsoe actually helped more than he harmed. By being in any type of leadership position he is able to look out for the black community if something occurs or is about to occur, Bledsoe is able to prevent the issue or protect his people in a dire situation. In the specific case of Mr. Bledsoe, I believe that the way he is fighting the system by being a part of it and fixing it from within is the best way for Bledsoe to promote positive change for the black community. The eighteenth chapter starts with the Invisible Man identifying his tendencies that seem analogous with Bledsoe’s way of living (to fit into the white man’s world and win little success’ along the way.) The Invisible Man calls his tendency to “read all papers that touch
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee illustrates how important decisions are influenced by racial ignorance ingrained in a society. Tom Robinson is deemed guilty in a court case where he is evidently innocent. He is accused of raping a white women when in reality the white women tried to kiss Robinson but was caught and decides to cover up her actions by claiming that she was raped (Lee 254-266). Even though the the evidence proves that Tom Robinson is innocent, he is still deemed guilty by the jury because he is black (Lee 282). This illustrates the racial ignorance of