Chris Rock, a multi-millionaire American (black) actor, once stated, "Yeah , I love being famous. It 's almost like being white, y 'know?" Even in today 's world no matter how famous or rich a black man is, there will always be hatred and discrimination towards him because of his race. The Scottsboro Boys (The American Tragedy) and To Kill A Mockingbird both represent the brutality and fears of racism. The types of racism that are portrayed in today 's world, the novel and the video are unnecessary killings due to a corrupt court system, bullying (prejudice and social injustice) of the lower class (blacks) and poverty/unemployment (segregation). Brutal and unnecessary killings have caused racism to grow due to a corrupt court …show more content…
Bullying, Prejudice and social injustice are all forms of racism that blinds people from seeing who a person really is (based upon their skin color). Nowadays these forms of racism are used to create an intimidating atmosphere for the people who are affected by it the most. Some of the reactions to this are suicide, murder and the thirst for vengeance. In contrast, many people fall into deep depressions and let a racist comment haunt them forever and change the pathway of their lives. The rights of the Scottsboro Boys were completely ignored and all of the whites in the court stared down each and everyone one of them with absolute hatred and intolerance. The American Tragedy was one of the most unjust and wrongful rulings in all of history and strengthened the hate for blacks even more than what it already was. Also, in To Kill A Mockingbird Mr. Grimer was portrayed as a bully and was constantly being verbally brutal to Tom. Tom was a black man so in other words, he could not defend back physically or rudely in a verbal way because they would have him hanging on a tree in no time (no hope in defending himself). Mr. Grimer 's responses consisted of beating Tom 's head about poverty and social status, so that Tom knew who he was and that he could never change his color (race) no matter how badly he
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This essay will be about two injustices the Scottsboro trial and Tom Robinson’s trial. A few similarities are that they were treated unfairly and they were all accused of a repulsive crime, raping a white woman. In the Scottsboro trial though, two women were supposedly raped. Both trials happened in the same time period, while also noting that the women in both trials came from poor backgrounds. Atticus gave his all to his case while the nine young men’s lawyer also tried his best.
In the 1930s, African American men were believed to have strong sexual desires towards white women so extreme that they couldn’t even control themselves, that whenever they saw white women they would rape them right then and there. The Tragedy of the nine Scottsboro Boys was rumored as “Negros are going to beat up the whites”. When the train got to Jackson County on March 25, 1931, dozens of armed white men rounded up with ropes and weapons in order to beat the nine black youths, and during the time of this chaos, two white women raised their voices, claiming that they had been raped by the nine scottsborro boys. At that time in Alabama, whenever black people saw a group of white men, they feared and knew they were in a lot of trouble due to the fact that Alabama was one of the most aggressive and violent states towards African Americans.
Nine boys Charlie Weems, Ozie Powell, Clarence Norris, Olen Montgomery, Willie Roberson, Haywood Patterson, Eugene Williams, and Andrew and Roy Wright were accused of raping two white women on a freight train, on March 24, 1931. The boys were caught for illegally riding on a freight train, and were originally charged with that until one of the police found the two white women VIctoria Price, and Ruby Bates and pressured them into saying that the boys had raped them on the freight tra in. All the Scottsboro boys were sentenced to death in the first trial, except Roy Wright who was only 13 was sentenced to life in prison. After two more trials with an all white jury, got the attention of the nation because it was showing how racist the U.S court system was. Ruby Bates eventually went out and retold her statement saying that she was pressured into telling the jury that the Scottsboro boys had raped them.
Injustice The Scottsboro Case shed light on the racial practices expressed in law that made a great impact on the legal system today. The actual victims of the Case did not receive a fair trial due to the color of their skin. The ones who played the victims planned the crime, and their stories made no sense. But like many of the trials during the time it wasn’t based on the actual evidence that was found,or even the defendants ' stories.
The Scottsboro Trials and To Kill a Mockingbird In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, the famous father named Atticus says “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it (Judith 2). This quote is said during a time of intense racism. “Not long after Obama took office, the National Urban League released its 2009 State of Black America report. The findings showed that racial inequities continued in employment, housing, health care, education, criminal justice, and other areas” (Buckley 1). This essay will primarily focus on the criminal justice area of this when discussing the Scottsboro trials and comparing the trials to the famous novel To Kill a Mockingbird.
Scottsboro Boys PB’s American Experience has impacted the view of racism towards blacks immensely. This event was a very prominent turning point in American history. The Scottsboro boys case has been one of the largest cases involving a black man (men) and a white women in the case of rape. This event has affected how people are judged now including taking age into consideration, not getting the facts correct, and the fact that black’s used to be very unfairly treated just because of the color of their skin. Laws, punishments, and law enforcement have changed very much since the 1930’s.
According to the National Holocaust Encyclopedia titled “Nazi Camps,” from 1933 to 1945, more than 44,000 concentration and incarceration camps were established, causing 11 million people to lose their lives, and 6 million of those were Jewish. Only a small handful of people survived. Among those who survived, Ellie Wiesel was imprisoned in camps while neutral countries only watched. Because of his experience, Wiesel believes “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.”
The Effects of the Scottsboro Trials on the Civil Rights Movement The United States constitution gives all Americans “the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury”. Although this is the sixth amendment in the constitution of our nation, there have been many instances where the accused were not given this basic right. Many of the trials helped to spark the Civil Rights movement, and advance Civil Rights from the 1930s to the 1960s. The Scottsboro Trials of the 1930s are just one of the many cases in United States history that helped to start the advancement of Civil Rights in America, showing blatant racism by convicting innocent people because of their racial background.
The movie, Crash, demonstrates the lives of various individuals from socio-economic classes, who have life-changing experiences in between their conflicting prejudices and stereotypes. The movie crash shows others stereotyping individuals in many situations, showing good examples of how racism against oneself, caused by fear and misunderstanding, is just as malicious and evil as racism against another person. It is the impressions, that is exaggerated or misconceived ideas about particular social groups, usually based on solely one 's physical appearance. The movie shows each character 's point of view, rather it be from an African-American, Caucasian, Middle Eastern or a Latino. It follows each character throughout the movie to show how they live their daily lives majority which it being through conflicted experiences involving stereotypical approaches.
Topic: Scottsboro Trials Sources: Remembering Scottsboro: The legacy of an infamous trial, The Trials of the Scottsboro boys, and Scottsboro and its legacy: The cases that challenged american legal and social justice. Thesis: The Scottsboro Trials were an important piece of history because it was a huge stepping stone of the civil rights movement and it showed the racial inequality in America which was then taken to the supreme court. (support statement) No crime in American history, produced as many trials, convictions, reversals and retrials as did the alleged gang rape of two white girls by nine black teenagers. (Supported Statement 2)
During the mid nineteen thirties there was ample prejudice from whites towards African Americans. This prejudice was greatly depicted in one particular case of nine young black men. The Scottsboro Boys were labeled as outcasts and faced a considerable amount of prejudice during their trials for a crime they had not committed; although some of the nine Boys were exonerated during the trials, the last of the Scottsboro Boys were not redeemed until decades later. On March 25, 1931, during the height of the Great Depression, a group of nine black boys, later known as the Scottsboro Boys, was traveling on a train towards Memphis, Tennessee, in search of work.
Racism is something that needs to stop being taken so lightly. It for one has a toll of impact on many people’s lives. For instance, racial name callings can have many affects on an individual of the opposite race who is being harassed because of the color of their skin. It can truly damage a person’s self love and respect for themselves. Often the ones who make others feel that way are the ones that lack those character traits.
“ According to the National Association of Social Workers Web site, racism is “the ideology or practice through demonstrated power or perceived superiority of one group over others by reasons of race, color, ethnicity, or cultural heritage....” The definition further goes on to note that “racism is manifested at the individual, group, and institutional level.” (Blank, 2013) Despite how much time has passed by, racism continues to be a huge issue today. We see it every day, some have even been confronted by racial discrimination, or racial slurs even. We see how the system could be for example: how blacks continue to get more severe punishments or blacks have higher the chance to get criminally sentenced than whites.
It showed a different side of the American Dream, to be united as one unit and country, despise the color of your skin. In “To Kill A Mockingbird”, by Harper Lee, the way people talk about blacks, shows how harshly people treated the idea of them being treated the same. It made some people extremely upset by the idea of blacks being treated poorly. For example, “For some reason Dill had started crying and couldn’t stop; quietly at first, then his sobs were heard by several people in the balcony. ”(Lee, 265).
Racism is an ever growing issue in the world, and something we can’t hide behind. According to dictionary.com the defintion of racism is: “the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.” Race was created socially by how people perceive ideas and faces people are not used to yet. It is the “hatred” of one person to another individual, solely based on that person's belief that the person is inferior because of their language, birthplace and skin colour. Racism is an issue that has lasted throughout history, providing justification for a group’s dominance over another.