Examples Of Injustice In Joseph Mccarthy

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Injustice takes place everyday in the world. It becomes apparent when landmark cases arise. Whether it is admitted or not, someone will recognize the injustice but not say a word. The legal system has proven itself unjust through infamous trials in different eras. One of those infamous trials, was the Salem witchcraft trials which were an early example of a justice system and its poor methods (“Salem Witch Trials”). Witches were not found based on real evidence. Accusers submitted testimony that was practically considered physical evidence to the court (“Salem Witch Trials”). Some of these testimonies were from children which often made them unreliable (“Parallels: The Daycare Abuse Trials and the Salem Witchcraft Trials”; “Salem Witch Trials”). …show more content…

Joseph McCarthy gained power because of people’s fear of communism (“Red Monday”). McCarthy claimed that 205 government officials were communists without supporting it with evidence which caused a panic (Fried 1). Frightened Americans asked for an explanation and instead McCarthy accused people, but he had the people’s support because he was against communists and that blinded people to the true facts (Fried 1). With the Smith Act and the House Un-American Activities Committee in place to ease the fear of communism, McCarthy’s unjust trials were able to be conducted (“Red Monday”). Rights were quickly being taken away to prevent the spread of communism, however, it was so that McCarthy could keep gaining power without anyone being able to say otherwise (“Red Monday”). Dennis vs. US and Yates vs. US were two cases that occurred at the time because of McCarthyism (“Red Monday”). Both cases limited the first amendment right, the freedom of speech, by determining that the discussion of politics was not allowed (“Red Monday”). Service vs. Dulles, another case that was fueled by McCarthyism, allowed a foreign person to be removed from their position without a just cause (“Red Monday”). When McCarthy gained all of his power, he was able to do whatever he wished without just …show more content…

Reports states that child abuse rates were on the rise which put the idea in people's heads (“Child Abuse”). Accusations of child abuse soared after the McMartin Preschool case, which was a child abuse case, became news leading to abuse education in schools (“Child Abuse”). Though being educated about abuse may sound like good thing, children were being bombarded with information leading them to be paranoid. The trials were also conducted poorly similar to that of the Salem witch trials. Children's testimonies were relied upon to convict someone, but young children are impressionable and easily could have given inaccurate testimonies (“Parallels: The Daycare Abuse Trials and the Salem Witchcraft Trials”). Answers were also searched for in the artwork of children. If a stick-figure person was drawn with hands, they were believed to be a molester (“Parallels: The Daycare Abuse Trials and the Salem Witchcraft Trials”). If a child's drawing could convict someone, the accused were clearly not given a fair

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