Throughout the book, the town faces many racial discrimination issues, especially when an African American man named Tom Robinson is falsely accused of rape of a white female. Atticus courageously decides to take Tom Robinson’s case, therefore, going against the prejudice portrayed in the town. Malala Yousafzai was a teenager who lived in a city in Pakistan that was under control of a Taliban. The Taliban highly restricted girls from going to school because of their gender. Malala believed that everyone had the right to get an education, so she fought for what she believed in and went against the Taliban.
After Ruth introduces Kennedy to some of the struggles she has to face daily as a black woman, Kennedy realizes her own outlook on the issue is terribly naive. In her closing remarks she discusses how just about everyone participates in “passive racism” by “not questioning why slavery is the only aspect of black history taught to elementary schoolers” and “not asking why there is only one African American staff member.” She forces people to accept that though they don’t have swastika tattoos, they also contribute to racism in the country. Kennedy is the reason Ruth receives both legal justice and inner peace. She is the prime example of someone with good intentions who inadvertently adds to the problem forcing readers to look inside and realize that they too
Till’s mother had the people leave her son’s casket open so that people could see what awful things Bryant and Milam did. She wanted everyone to know how evil whites were to blacks. Many people who took a look at Till’s body, were appalled. His body was bloated and severely swollen, and he had bruises everywhere. As bad as it was to let people see this, Till’s mother, Mamie knew it would inspire a lot of black people to stand up for themselves.
It’s human nature to want to protect ourselves from danger or getting in trouble. The same thing happens in To Kill a Mockingbird by the majority of the characters whenever something happens that incriminates them. A demonstration of self-preservation in the novel is when Atticus is cross-examining Mayella Ewell in court. During the cross-examination, Atticus says, “What did your father see in the window, the crime of the rape or the best defense to it? Why don’t you tell the truth, child, didn’t Bob Ewell beat you up?” (Lee 251).
He shows how he feels about the whole case and how the boys were falsely accused. He focused on how the boys’ “innocence never go the attention that their guilt did” (Wilder). These boys were guilty from the very beginning until proven innocent thirteen years after the crime was committed. Usually it’s the other way around and a person is innocent until proven guilty. The public was so caught up in the prejudice of the case and just assumed since there was a high crime rate in black and Hispanic boys that they had to have done it.
This has made me realize that everyone in prisons are not suppose to be there for their reasons they were convicted of. Everyone should read the novel Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson because it gives you a new point on what happens behind the bars. While reading it, it will take you on an emotional rollercoaster with people facing death because of being put in jail for the wrong reasons. As well as changing peoples point of view, this novel will also make you second guess the views of prison we were taught as children. As I stated earlier there are many great things about this novel, but he also connects his book to everyone’s life.
Mr. Auld claimed teaching slaves to read was unlawful and not safe, if you give a slave a little they will take the whole lot. He also mentioned that slaves who could read weren't slaves anymore. I found a particular sentence from Mr. Auld interesting "It would make him discontented and unhappy" (Douglass,250). That sentence alone shows the lies that were spread in order to justify the nature of slavery. I have read a lot of work on slavery thanks to my mother, during my reading I learned about how slaveholders would comment on how their slaves are happy on the plantation.
The idea of them being an unfit race who was in need of probation and instruction seemed to more closely relate to white Klansmen of the South. Their actions spoke louder than words and it seemed as though they were begging to be put in their place. African Americans were not to be punished, if anything it was the white men. They enslaved African Americans, beat, and battered them for years yet when they finally get their freedom it’s as though life will never continue to flourish. The South proved that they needed probation that was never forced upon them.
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.
He describes the actions of Mayella Ewell, the accuser, as, “Something that in [their] society is unspeakable,” because she was white, and, “tempted a Negro”(231). This statement introduces the idea that Mayella may have not committed a crime, but she committed an act particularly looked down upon and seen as socially immoral. The relation to social moralities appeals to the jury’s knowledge and experiences in association with racism in their community. Continuing his allegation, Atticus assures the jury that Mayella had not committed a crime, she had, “ merely broken a rigid and time honored code of [their] society”(231). Finch is further explaining the severity of Mayella’s wrong doings and the abomination she has committed against her community.