They had the sheriff protecting them. Another piece of evidence is when Harper Lee writes that Mayella did not want to cooperate even though she eventually has to answer Atticus’s question. (pg 205) Victoria from the Scottsboro trial also didn’t want to answer some questions and she was kind of shady like Mayella was. Another strong piece of evidence is that they are both accused of rape in both instances; the difference is that in To Kill a Mockingbird there is only one accused man. Clearly she used this case as the foundation for Tom’s case in her
“Lemme tell you somethin’ now billy, you know the court appointed him to defend this nigger.” “Yeah but he aims to defend him. That’s what I don’t like about it.” (Lee, 165) This quote is purely just ignorance and prejudice, this quote is a good example of how most of the town feels, they are mad at atticus not for taking the case, but for actually trying to give Tom a fair trial. People in this town in this time period were extremely racist and prejudice, and it’s very clearly shown in this quote, at first the man says, you know the court chose him to defend this negro; meaning they didn’t think it was bad to be appointed, the townspeople thought it was a terrible idea and decision for Atticus to actually give this his all, this also shows how the town has very little respect for Atticus, as soon as he took the case people started turning on him for simply defending an innocent
From this letter you can see Tourgees clear use of the word “another” meaning that other Republican men were targeted and killed by the KKK all because they fought to have the South follow the same rules as the North. It was as though the KKK felt personally battered so they enjoyed doing to same to men that caused such emotions. Politics within the white community was not the only issue. As mentioned before African Americans did not get the political freedom that was actually granted to them not only because of their race and low standing but they were “ ‘unfitted for the proper exercise of political duties… blacks needed a period of probation and instruction’ “ (Document D). 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.
Tom Robinson was a guilty man even before he even entered the courtroom; along with all the other African-Americans living in the south at that time. Even though it was obvious that he was innocent, due to the evidence pointed out by his lawyer, Atticus Finch, he was found guilty merely due to his race. It’s pretty obvious that the theme in “To Kill a Mockingbird” is racism and prejudice, and the discrimination of the African-American community was the most evidently shown. For example, the blacks were regarded as tools or objects to be used in labour, and were given very little, to basically no rights. Even in the trial, blacks and whites sat in separate sections, and all the members of the jury were white!
Mayella Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird was put on the stand because she accused Tom Robinson of raping her. While in court Tom feels sorry for Mayella and no one liked what he had said because since it was a black man and a white woman, they were on the same social scale. Mr. Gilmer, a man against Tom states, “‘You felt sorry For her?’ Mr. Gilmer seemed ready to rise to the ceiling. The witness realized his mistake and shifted uncomfortably in the chair. But the damage was done.
Emmett Till’s story and Tom’s story are very much similar and different at the same time. Emmett Till’s story is real and it actually happened in real life, but Tom’s story was not real even though it might have seemed real though the book. Tom Robinson’s story was sad to read in the book, even though it was not real. His story was being falsely accused for assault and rape of his owners wife. The part that made me mad was when the husband did that to his wife, and blamed it on him, because he was black.
His generosity and willingness to help others was what eventually led him into trouble. When he was wrongfully accused of raping the daughter of Bob Ewell, Mayella, the jury at his trial declared him guilty of the crime even though evidence clearly proved that Tom was not. The jury concluded their decisions mainly based on prejudice and did not believe Tom’s word because he was a man of color. Due to people’s unfair judgments, an innocent mockingbird was
“The life of a Negro in Mississippi is not worth a whistle.” In the South marriage between a black person and a white person was not only looked down upon but it was illegal. This is why when Roy, the husband of Caroline, heard from his wife that she had been whistled at he was outraged. Racism in the South was so strong that a black man could be murdered for whistling. Emmett living in the North gave him a whole different outlook on racism. The Jim Crow laws in the South made marriage between different races illegal, but in the North interracial relationships were much more accepted.
The level of evil is brung up because Tom was black and Mayella was white. After he was accused the trail made him look even worse. In the 1930s in Alabama it was illegal for a black man to tell a white woman she is wrong. During the trail he is trying to tell the jury that she
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” In Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote, he expresses how much danger ignorance can cause upon our world. Ignorance can lead to racism or being prejudice causing which can cause damage. Likewise in Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, During the Great Depression Scout learns in the county of Maycomb located in Alabama learns that the ignorance of others can lead to prejudice during the trial of Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson was not guilty, but due to the town’s ignorance they failed to see who was really guilty. In the novel, Harper Lee shows that one’s unchecked ignorance can lead to prejudice that may prevail over justice.