For example, the jury in Tom Robinson’s trial deems Robinson to be guilty even though he is innocent. This decision is influenced by society’s racial ignorance. Dolphus Raymond also makes the important decision to pretend that he is a drunk because of society’s racist beliefs. Finally, Bob Ewell decides to attack Scout and Jem because he is ignorant to the fact that blacks and whites are equal. The racial ignorance seen in To Kill A Mockingbird is similar to the racial ignorance seen today.
Claim: Because of Tom’s race, he was misjudged and looked at as a threat to society. 1. Primary Evidence: When Bob Ewell says, “I seen that black nigger younder ruttin’ on my Mayella,” it explains that people just saw someone’s skin color and assumed that the colored person was up to no good (Lee 173). 2. Interpretation: Tom was wrapped up in evil and was misjudged harshly by his skin color and was “shot down” like a mockingbird by racism.
Both characters from both texts Tom Robinson and the accused kid is manipulated by both creators as a prime example of being prejudged as the victims. Being both colored and having different backgrounds, they were taken advantage of by both juries in addition to the ideology of white supremacy and racial segregation at that time as Juror 10 mentions "You can 't a believe…they 're born liars" and in the case of Emmett Till shows that accused was Caucasian and acquitted by an all-white jury meaning they wouldn 't give a fair trial to other than their own race in potentially any given situation. This shows that both Lee and Lumet uses the simplistic idea of using the defendants to portray as a prime example of prejudice happening in both texts. The corruption as well in the American Justice System as shown from Till 's murder also contributes to how prejudice is being displayed by both creators as they were all-white (maybe MAWM) and full of biases/prejudice. It 's not just the defendants that show the prejudice, bias and corruption going on the American Justice System but rather the people that make up of it too.
Mayella and Bob’s stories were never consistent and made them look suspicious. Unfortunately, the judge sentenced Tom to death although he knew for sure that he convicted an innocent man. Justice was overshadowed by racism, and the judge’s hypocrisy was to blame for
To Kill A Mockingbird: Inequality According to Merriam-Webster, inequality is defined as “the quality of being unequal or uneven”. In the book To Kill A Mockingbird inequality is brought up in many places. In particular, the African-American population faces racial biases. Furthermore, in the book Tom Robinson, a respected humble African-American is accused of raping Mayella Ewell an unhappy, and lonely white girl. The poor citizens in Maycomb, Alabama face different inequalities.
During the early 1900s , racism was dominating the south. Jim Crow Laws gave blacks little rights and made it almost impossible to live a normal life. In court, judges and juries were filled with white men. Biases and racism over run court rulings. A black man winning a trial over a white man was unheard of.
The reality he and the other prisoners had their backs turned to. The escaped prisoner realized his life was a lie and that the shadows and the voices he thought were coming from them were a great big lie. Through this Plato teaches the reader that perception is not always reality especially when that perception isn’t their own discovery rather another's forced ideas. In relation to today, the stereotypes of race, culture, and gender in the American media have played the role of the shadows that cause discrimination and judgement towards to innocent people. Gun violence and mass shooting terrorist attacks have
I found this extremely hypocritical, as most interracial relationships were between a white man, and a black woman, and were not consensual. Kelley also discusses the systematic racism, and political corruptness within law enforcement, which shows how bad racism is. I found it particularly disgusting when the L.A. police chief tried to blame the deaths of black men on their anatomy, and how if they were normal they would’ve been fine. This essay was very eye opening for me, and will change the way I look at law enforcement, and even my own family
The play clearly shows a great representation of the problems in the modern day court system. These complications include biased jurors, ignorant and careless jurors, and lazy court-appointed lawyers. A major problem in the court system is, biased and close minded jurors can often slip through the interview process before the court case. In Twelve Angry Men, Juror Four makes a point that offends Juror Five and shows how judgmentally he thinks; “The children who come out of slum backgrounds are potential menaces to society” (Rose 318). Juror Five takes offense to this because he was successful and born in the slums, and carries on to fight to break the stereotype in the
The two kids in the novel, Scout and Jem, even questioned why everyone hated the blacks. During the trial Atticus mentions some things about assumptions made about black people out of acts of hatred. “...the assumption that all Negroes are basically immoral beings, that all Negro men are not to be trusted around our women, an assumption one associates with minds of their caliber.” (Lee 204) Atticus is pretty much saying you shouldn’t assume certain