In Chapter 25 Atticus Finch is quoted disclosing that the corrupt justice system is a direct cause of a racist society. “In our courts, when it 's a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins” (Lee, 295). To emphasize, on the same occasion Atticus attempts to explain to his
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee contains various examples of racism and prejudice throughout the novel. The story takes place in the 1930's, a period when racism was a part of everyday life. Prejudice and racism in this book are represented by acts of hate towards others because of the color of their skin. In this novel, prejudice and racism was dominantly pointed towards blacks. Acts of racism can be discreet to the point that you can easily miss them.
One of which is in chapter 30 page 370 when Scout says that “Well it’d be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?” Scout says this to Atticus after Maycomb’s sheriff tried to convince Atticus that even if Jem or Boo Radley had stabbed Bob Ewell their actions would have been justified as Mr. Ewell had gotten Tom Robinson who was innocent killed. In response to the sheriff and Atticus’s conversation Scout tried to further justify the sheriff’s decision, that Bob had stabbed himself, by saying that if Boo Radley were to be taken to court it would be like shooting a mockingbird which Atticus says is a sin. This simile helps to represent the main idea of the book that people should not harm others that are innocent since Scout and the sheriff are defending Boo Radley who had stabbed Mr. Ewell in the process of defending the Finch children. In To Kill a Mockingbird there are many ideas that the book wants you to take away from reading the story. What the main one in the book that is talked about several times over is that you should not harm anyone or anything that is innocent.
Most of Memphis thought the boys were guilty and did nt want to hear anything else. Damien actually did have a son at the end of this trial. Damien’s girlfriend was interviewed and she was worried that Damien would never get to see his son. The day of the verdict finally came to Damien and Jason’s trial. The jury found Jason guilty and gave him a life sentence with 10 years for two of the boys.
This would suggest that Bob Ewell was willing to have Tom killed, not because he truly believed he had committed a crime, but rather so he could promote his own prejudiced narrative at the trial and restore to himself the power that the social structures of Maycomb had taken away. Because of this, many of the less prejudiced people in Maycomb, including Heck Tate and Atticus, felt that Bob Ewell had in essence, murdered Tom Robinson. Thus, when Bob is killed by Boo Radley out of defence for the Finch children, Tate insists that
The poor citizens in Maycomb, Alabama face different inequalities. For example, the Cunninghams and Ewell families, even though they are both poor they are treated differently the Cunninghams are poor but honest, and hardworking while the Ewells are considered trash, and lazy. Social inequality in To Kill A Mockingbird is augmented by the woman, the poor, and the black residents which are considered inferior to the other residents. Harper Lee the author of To Kill A Mockingbird shows racial bias in many places. In particular racial bias is shown in page (220) “in our courts, when it’s a white man's word against a black man’s, the white white man always wins”.
. . then somebody yanked Mr. Ewell down.’ ” (pg. 270) Mr. Ewell meant business in this section of the book, he tried to kill Jem and Scout or severely injure them. This just shows that Bob was trying to get back at Atticus for trying to defend a black man against him and his daughter in court.
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.
Tom Robinson was a good man who was target for a crime he was completely innocent of, raping a white women. Despite the woman, Mayella Ewell, having had made the advances on Tom he had such a little chance of not being convicted because of his race. After he was convicted he was later shot later in the novel whilst trying to escape. Even within the novel, Lee calls Tom similar to a Mockingbird through Mr. Underwood’s editorial “He likened Tom’s death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children” (Lee 244). Boo Radley is also considered a mockingbird in the novel because he as well was subject to cruelty and injustice despite having done nothing wrong.
The the national bestseller How to Kill a Mockingbird is known as a novel that brings to light the racism as well as the social justice in America during the 1930s. Social Justice is portrayed through a character, that character’s actions as well as how the character handles situations. In to Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch portrays social justice multiple times throughout the novel with how he presents himself in society. Social Justice is the overall promoting of a just society by challenging injustice and valuing community. In the historical fiction novel To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee exposes her views on social justice through Atticus Finch, who in many cases is fair and wise when handling difficult situations.
They were involved in the beating murder of Ms. Pham outside of a nightclub on January 19th 2014. These women were regular citizens who were lawfully convicted for the crime they committed. The fact that they were not in high profile careers or had lots of money to hire the best lawyers money could buy, ensured they got processed by the court system in a normal everyday way. Ray Lewis was charged for a double murder and in the end was only charged with an obstruction of justice and got the punishment of 1 year of probation and a $250,000 fine from the NFL. According to the New York Post, his limo driver gave an eyewitness account, verifying that Lewis was in fact, a more than willing participant in the fight that ended the victim’s lives.
In 2009 Robert H. Richards IV a white father and heir to DuPont a chemical company, was arrested for sexual abuse of his wife, and raping his beloved 3-year old daughter. Instead of getting sentenced to jail like any other person that fails to meet the law requirements, he was put on probation because the judge thought he wouldn 't fit right in prison. Meanwhile Sanesha Taylor a, homeless black mother was arrested for leaving her two children, aged 6 months and 2 years in the car, so she can attend her job interview. She wasn 't as lucky as Mr. Richards though. She had her life turned upside down just because she was poor AND a minority.
In the month of November in 2013, Austin Sigg was sentenced to life and an additional 86 years in prison for murdering 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway. As he faced justice through the court system, advocates unnecessarily argued that he was only a child and too young to serve as an adult. To show that an individual’s age should not be used as an excuse to justify their actions, Weir states “Some juveniles commit crimes so serious, so heinous, that public safety mandates — and justice demands — full accountability in our criminal justice system. There are those who argue this is unfair and unjust. They say the juvenile brain is not fully developed until well into the
Johnny killed a guy in self defense thinking he would get the electric chair. While the socs beat up many greasers and almost killed one without even having to worry about any punishments. In 2012 something similar happened when a kid named Ethan Couch killed 4 people, violated 5 laws, and only ended up with 10 years probation and rehab at a vacation resort. When S.E. Hinton wrote The Outsiders, she understood that there are many inequalities under the law that severely affected lower class and upper class people.
Make no mistake if OJ Simpson was not a wealthy man and could not afforded the defense her received the outcome of this trial would have been much different. In the 90’s domestic violence was, a serious issue but one that was not taken serious. According to the FBI In 1992, 1,431 women were killed by their boyfriends or husbands. Yet when Mr. Simpson was arrested for beating Ms. Brown he was only ordered to complete 120 hours of community service, two years probation, fined $200 and ordered to donate $500 to a battered. He was allowed to walk out of jail and have access to the