In this PBS documentary, The murder of Emmett Till, Stan Nelson illustrates a racial hardship and crime against the African-American community. Lynching is a mob of Caucasian people that hang in African-American in a public place to show white supremacy. Emmett Tills murder trial was completely tried in a completely biased courtroom and there was even circumstantial evidence which places JW Millam and Roy Bryant kidnapping young Emmett Till, whose body was later found.I believe that in this murder and trial we see truly how far hatred and racism can rise by just one simple act. The murder of Emmett Till caused an uprise in the civil rights movement. Working Americans now knew that if there was going to change there would have to be a fight.
As I have stated already, the main reasons were that they [Klu-Klux-Klan] were killing and brutally murdering black politicians, or even, any random citizen who was either for the “Reconstruction” . The other reason I stated was that they brought to many problems to themselves, that the “Northern Neglect” did not feel like they should be responsible for that. Tens of thousands people who live here all blame the ‘Northern Neglect” for this cause that was once beautiful. If only they would hear my argument on why I believe in what we did to them was very horrible,we were killers. They are just holding a deaf ear, but we can come to conclusion that it was our fault for this act that was once supposed to be a way to make America a land of opportunities, but instead turned it to a land of
To Kill a Mockingbird is famous for its controversy. In fact, it has been banned from being read at many schools for its use of racial, sexual, and political content, all of these aiding the book’s “big ideas”. To Kill a Mockingbird has many themes. For example, one is about racial injustice. You would think a jury would establish their final decision based upon the facts, but in this book, the jury had already made up its mind once it heard that the case was a white man versus a black man.
Discrimination. To Kill A Mockingbird, a book based off of the racial biases of the American South in the time (1930s/Great Depression), shows them and their effects, like how the blacks in the courtroom have to sit in the balcony. Also, Tom Robinson was considered guilty in a white person versus a black person case, even though the evidence pointed to him being innocent. Another event that was going on was when a gang tries to take Tom Robinson away for lynching, but is stopped by Atticus and Scout. To Kill A Mockingbird shows the effects of racial discrimination in the American South at the time by showing racism towards blacks, allow automatic black guilt, and threats or violence made to blacks
In her book, The New Jim Crow, Alexander argues the discrimination of jury selections which is an unfair of treatment for people of color under the law (The Fourth Amendment). Moreover, she provides more information about the juries and juror race-based selection in the justice system. The statistical shows that there is approximately 30 percent of black man are automatically banned or rejected from the jury service and many cases all black jurors are eliminated with the irrational explanations, such as the physical appearance, clothing style, and even marital status (Alexander, 2012). She also reports the interesting case of the two black men who was convicted of second degree robbery in a Missouri court. In addition, she emphasizes that during
There are three major types of injustices and those are Legal,Educational, and Economical. There is lots of injustice in Legal. People will get unfair punishments and trials just because of segregation and racism. The Berry’s were burned as “them white men dragged him and Beacon out of that house, and when old man Berry tried to stop it they it him afire too.”(29) This is injustice because the Berry's got burned because one of them “flirted” with a white women. They could have easily just gone to jail but since they are
Simpson was guilty (Gregory 1). Americans were completely spilt based on race and it is because the meaning of the trial varied between the races. To white Americans this was a double homicide were two murders must be brought to justice to black Americans this was this conspiracy for the character assassination of O.J. Simpson and way to bring down someone who was symbol of black success in America. When the jurors were a majority black they ruled not guilty and when the jurors were a majority black they convicted Simpson(Enomoto).
Dr. Carl Hart wrote his memoir, High Price, to correct the false notion that African Americans were mainly criminals and drug dealers. Specifically, Hart describes his relationships with Caucasian people to show how mistaken they were over the subject. For instance, “They [the police] wanted me to participate in an impromptu one-man lineup, something that was notoriously unreliable … The whole thing was excruciatingly embarrassing, being conducted in the center of campus where any of my friends or colleagues could potentially have seen it … Like many blacks, I’d come to expect this sort of denial and minimization from white people”(Hart 246-247). In this situation, Dr. Hart describes his encounter with police and bystanders who assumed he was the perpetrator of a crime simply because he was African American. Further, this example displays how people can be convinced of certain stereotypes or generalizations without any actual evidence, as seen by the relation between Dr. Hart and the police.
During the Civil Rights movement many blacks were beaten and hosed by police men,women, and even children. Now some blacks may argue that since the whites can do it blacks can do it as well right wrong. That will just make whites argue that blacks are dangerous and say the blacks started and of course the court would be all white and the blacks would be thrown in jail or fined. Even one action of violent retaliation will just set a stereotype for all blacks and it would make it even more challenging to gain rights. But won’t nonviolent resistance take forever and the enduring discrimination will just make matters worse because blacks will be even angrier.
He showed his honesty during the statement when he said, “... and the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women---black or white”(Lee 273). At the time of the trial segregation was huge, the Negroes were upstairs and the whites were on the first floor. He said this in front of a racist crowd of white Maycomb folks. What he said was basically that both white and black men break the law. And in this case it was the white man who did it.
Furthermore, a further obstacle of change was the Ku Klux Klan which demonstrated America as ‘the united states of Lyncherdom’. Supreme Court encouraged Klan terrorism, castrating thousands of blacks as if it was acceptable, showing the massive social division. The ‘Mississippi plan’ emphasised this white supremacy as Newspaper defended lynches as ‘home –loving’ . This demoralised activist as it showed blacks had no legal protection. Nevertheless, positive changes did occur in this period.
In the case of Loving v. Virginia, the state of Virginia made a law where the marriage of whites and blacks together was illegal. The state of Virginia punished all whites and blacks who went against this law. In the end, the Supreme Court came to a conclusion that the state of Virginia was very wrong. They ruled on the side of the citizens. If this would not have happened, who knows what the world would be like today.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a very interesting book and Ms. Waugh should read this because it basically relates to the world now other than in the 1930’s when this book was written. For example, in the book a black man named Tom was accused of raping a white women and of course back then racism still existed and because the whole jury was only filled with white people he was charged guilty. Another reason why Ms. Waugh should read this book because it shows how back than there government was messed up with racism against people who weren’t there color and that is how I believe our government is now but much worse. The narrator which is Scout a girl at age 4 who has a brother named Jeremy or Jem for short at age 6, their father Atticus is a lawyer and their Mother died they were young, and they live in Maycomb, Alabama. The Main focus in the book was the life
“Many media outlets reinforce the public’s racial misconceptions about crime by presenting African-Americans and Latinos differently than whites- both quantitatively and qualitatively. Television news programs and newspapers over-represent racial minorities as crime suspects and whites as crime victims,”. A real-life example of this is Michael Brown, whose death was the catalyst for riots in Ferguson. Judges ordered his juvenile records to be released to lawyers, which sparked indignation in the community. The records were clearly released was to see if he was a “bad person”, maybe even deserving of his murder.