Many believed the accusations, and even though there were many inconsistencies were found in the accuser’s testimonies the defendants were still considered guilty before the trial had even begun due to their skin color. During the time of the Scottsboro trials a woman told the story of “the mistreatment suffered by the two white girls at the hands of those horrible black brutes” (Ransdell, The First Scottsboro Trials). This woman was telling the story about an incident she did not witness but is certain these young men are guilty of. Atticus Finch also knew the outcomes of the Tom Robinson Case before it occurred. He stated in a conversation with a fellow citizen, “that boy might go to the chair, but he’s not going till the truth’s told” (Lee 195).
Tom was accused of raping a white woman who was Mayella Ewell, Mayella said he raped her while he was helping her with chores. She later on tells the readers that it was false allegations. The reason why she didn 't tell the truth at her first trial was because, Mayella was afraid of being embarrassed because she kissed a black male. She rather have an innocent man get charged with a crime than that. “However, Robinson was transferred from the state prison to Maycomb 's county jail on Saturday, two days before he stood trial on Monday, and Atticus had to defend him against a lynch mob”.
Mayella is raising her brothers and sisters on her own and is abused by her father, Bob Ewell. Her loneliness leads her to seek out affection wherever she can, and unfortunately, she decides to pick on Tom Robinson. Tom was an innocent man who was falsely accused by Mayella Ewell of rape and abuse. In the novel they said that tom was trying to escape prison and so they shot him, but we all know that they killed him because he was a black man. For example, when Scout says what Mr.underwood said, “Mr.Underwood didn't talk about miscarriages of justice , he was writing so children could understand.
Bob did this because he got mad at Atticus for exposing him. Atticus was questioning Bob and his daughter Mayella and started to show that Tom Robinson had been innocent this whole time of being accused of Rape. Bob and Mayella havent been telling the truth the whole time Atticus has been questioning them.
Emmett Till was accused of touching, and whistling at a white cashier lady in Mississippi. Who knows if this is true, Emmett could have been killed simply because he was black, or he might have done the things that he was accused of. If Emmett would have been white, then nothing would 've happened to him, but he was black so they killed him. This story was completely true. Tom Robinson was accused of raping Mayella Ewell of Maycomb county in Alabama.
If you want too [sic] believe, ok. If not that is ok. You will be sorry someday if you had to stay in jail with eights Negroes.” This quote proves my thesis because this quote is explaining how sorry she feels about the policemen making her tell a lie about the crime that the Scottsboro boys didn’t commit at all. This makes the reader think that justice means doing the right thing, such as fixing problems that people have started. In the book many blacks and whites march together around the country,“If politics and controversy make strange bedfellows, none were ever any stranger than those made by Scottsboro. In a time when institutionalized segregation was the norm across the land and Communism was practically illegal, marches of blacks and whites together took place around the country.
Georgia, Furman and his attorneys helped the supreme court decision that overturned his death sentence. Furman killed someone while robbing someone’s home and was sentenced to death. He did not feel that that was right and him and his attorneys argued that the fourteenth amendment protected him from his punishment. There are not as many death penalties in today’s world in America because of this case. I would not have voted for Furman on this case though, I strongly agree with Georgia.
Because the jury did not favor black men, Tom Robinson did not receive a fair trial, although Atticus made a great case. Segregation directly disobeys the fourteenth amendment, “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.” Maycomb Alabama is where the story, To Kill a Mockingbird takes place. Tom Robinson’s trial out come was not based on factual evidence. Mayella was lying to the jury, while Tom was completely innocent. He could not have done everything that Mayella said he did, due to the fact that he one has one working arm.
Equality; what does it mean to Atticus Finch and to Dr. King? In Atticus’s closing remarks defending Tom Robinson he says, “She was white, and she tempted a Negro. She did something that in our society is unspeakable: she kissed a black man. Not an old Uncle, but a strong young Negro man. ” In the time period that Harper Lee wrote To Kill A Mockingbird blacks were oppressed, looked down upon, and treated as they are in her book displayed with Tom Robinson.
After reading and viewing the racism pieces I conclude that many blacks were unfairly treated in crimes that they never did during the Scottsboro trials. The Scottsboro trial is a great example of how badly blacks were treated back during the Jim Crow Laws. The Scottsboro trial was about nine black boys aged twelve to seventeen who were falsely accessed of raping two white women on a train in Alabama. During the Great Depression, people would ride on train cars in search of jobs because there was such a shortage of them. So when the boys were getting out of the train, two white women claimed that they had raped them.