The trial of the Scottsboro boys was a trial that was the cause of two white women accusing nine black men of raping them. Their appeals, retrials, and legal proceedings attracted the attention of the nation and produced to Supreme Court rulings in their favor. The Scottsboro boys trial demonstrates that nonconformity to unjust practices can lead to justice for all people because their trial triggered The Supreme Court ruling that had a major impact on the American system of laws for the right to adequate counsel, the ruling for the right to not be excluded from a jury based on race, and still has a continuing effect in our own time which affirms the principle of equal protection under the law. Their case not only saved them from the death sentence but also started up debate about equal protection under the law such as in the first Supreme Court ruling.
Revelation, by Flannery O’Connor is a short story where the main character includes the self righteous character named Ruby Turpin. Revelation represents violence and Mrs.Turpin is the stories character who suffers from this. One day while Mrs.Turpin waits in the doctor's waiting room amongst others, a young girl by the name of Mary Grace, gives Ruby the verbal threat of telling her to go back to hell where she came from and calling her an old wart hog. Hurt by this, Ruby decides to leave. Later on throughout the day, her anger escalates from Mary Grace to now being angry at God. Ruby simply does not understand why this would happen to her, a good, and respectable civilian. She feels as if she did not deserve that horrible message. Ruby is furious and finds herself yelling at the man above, until suddenly she has a vision. This vision breaks down how Ruby saw herself, and how she perceived other people and the rest of the world surrounding her. In the ending of the story, Mrs.Turpin is given grace by God. The physical violence and verbal violence is what stimulates Mrs.Turpin’s spiritual connection. The violence found in this short story is not only damaging, but also seems to bring positivity with a spiritual purpose.
Ruby Bridges was the first African-American to attend a white school in the south. Ruby was born on September 8th, 1954 in Tylertown, Mississippi. When she was four, her family moved to New Orleans in hopes of a better life. When Ruby was only six years old, she attended her first day at the William Frantz Elementary school. Every day U.S. Marshals had to escort Ruby to school, to ensure that no one would hurt her. Ruby went to a all white school because Judge J. Skelly Wright ordered schools to integrate. Black children had to take a test and the top five scores were asked to integrate. In the 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges changed America by walking up the steps of a white only school to gain an education. To survive this experience, Ruby had to rise above the prejudice, face her fears, and find the strength in her faith.
In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the story is set in the 1900’s, Maycomb, Alabama. During this time there was racism in the south and segregation which separated the whites and blacks from everything. There was also the Great Depression, the whole country was poor and people living in the country had to trade and do other jobs for people to either pay them off or to buy something from them. The trial in this book is about Mayella and Bob Ewell, two white people, claiming and arguing that Tom Robinson, a black person, raped Mayella Ewell. This trial is really important because at that time in the south, white people took advantage of black people and their kindness and thought they would take that or shut up just because they were black. Even though the jury found Tom Robinson guilty of raping Mayella Ewell, in that matter Atticus Finch, lawyer defending Tom Robinson, said that Tom Robinson was not guilty because he only has one arm and there is no way that Tom Robinson was able to hurt her while Bob Ewell is perfectly fine and
The Scottsboro case was regarding the alleged rape of two white girls by nine Black teenage boys in Alabama. After the boys were not awarded a fair trial by an impartial jury, the boys were all convicted and sentenced to death. The Communist Party, recognizing the injustice of the situation and using the incident to hopefully gain more Black followers, took an interest in the case and funded one of the best lawyers in the country to appeal the decision. Hughes, witnessing the progress that the Communist Party had made towards equal rights and these boys specifically, sympathized with the radical group. He began writing radical poetry while travelling throughout the South on a book tour. During his tour, he witnessed the severity of the continued social and cultural gaps in the South due to
Denis Diderot once said, “we swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.” This quote relates to The Crucible in the way it states that people will be accept any lie that helps them in any way. Like Mary, who went along with the lies just so she wouldn't get in trouble. Also, how it states we don't accept the truth if we don't like it relating to Danforth knowing the girl were lying, but going along with it because he didn't like it. In The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, Miller utilizes Biblical references and irony to emphasize the recurring theme that lying is okay as long as you get away unscathed, because of reputation and revenge and the effects it has on everyone in Salem.
Not many black people that were lynched during the 1930s had a chance to be proved innocent or non-guilty. For example, in To Kill a Mockingbird Tom Robinson was accused of raping Mayella Ewell and for being black he was the main and only suspect of the raping. Attakis Finch was the lawyer of Tom Robinson and said” even if my defendant is black I will defend him as best I could all doe it is likely he will lose the trail. This quote shows how white people trying to stand up for black
Following the conclusion of Pudd’nhead Wilson, a novel written by Mark Twain in 1894, but taking place in the 1850s, it is obvious that the book was inundated by a myriad of differing themes. However, there is a theme that stands out the most in terms of the most influential message conveyed by Twain. This theme is that deception and foolishness, two themes that go hand in hand, do not have preferable repercussions. In recognizing these themes, I was able to choose one specific scene from the novel that truly represents these two themes. The scene that most symbolizes the backfiring of deception and the disadvantages of foolishness is in the scene where Tom gets sold down the river. This scene is important because it accurately depicts the
The case was one of the biggest turning points for African Americans to becoming accepted into white society at the time and to achieve the rights they always should have had; education. Nonetheless, many series of events led up to the occurrence of desegregation in all schools in the nation similar to how history is made up of a series of continuous events. The Supreme Court decides "separate but equal" is unconstitutional which induced white opposition, integration of Central High School, and the event of public schools closing for a year.
something is not true. The act of deception has been used to not only manipulate people, but control them as well. Since the beginning of time, man has used manipulation as a tool to gain power and control. Many political leaders have used deception as a way to gain power, through influencing votes and mindsets. Deception is also used in times of war to convince people to fight for a cause. It causes one to feel betrayed and distrustful of another. In the novels 419 by Will Ferguson and The Imposter’s Bride by Nancy Richler, deception is used for self-gain and is the main cause of
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter,” Martin Luther King Jr. The day that we as humans go by our judgement and decide that it doesn’t matter to speak about justice, that fighting for what we believe is right, is worthless, our lives begin to end. The films To kill a Mockingbird and 12 Angry Men are pieces that present the theme of justice and judgement. How one man can speak about what is right and forget about the judgment everyone else is making. Forget about society's judgement and speak up for justice. As a result, the films To Kill a mockingbird and 12 Angry men teach a lesson about justice and judgment, through examples of racism, injustice and independence. The first example that we learn about
In the United States in 2016, there was an increase in violent crimes by up to 5.3% and a decrease in property crimes by up to 0.6%. Violent Crimes include: murder, nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, and aggravated assault. The killer that I have chosen to research is OJ Simpson. Simpson is said to of killed his wife and her boyfriend outside there home. What made OJ Simpson go from a loved idol on the football field and in the streets of Hollywood to a murder? OJ himself said “I had one fight in my adult life. The I had the famous '89 fight with Nicole, which she admits that she initiated the physical part.”
In Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird there are three instances that are lacking the presents of compassion. First, Scout and her teacher, then Tom Robinson and the jury, lastly Mayella Ewell and her father.
The title of To Kill a Mockingbird isn’t significant to a lot of people who read or hear about the book, but when you uncover the true meaning behind the title, the book 's events make much more sense. To Kill a Mockingbird’s connection from the title to the rest of the books is shown when Tom Robinson is convicted for something he didn 't do, what Jem thinks about innocence, and what Scout thinks of Boo Radley. References to the essence of the mockingbird are spread throughout the book, showing that when the innocent are accused bad things will happen.
In both Eye on the Prize and Blues for Mister Charlie, two white’s men were found not guilty even if they were some prove tell the contrary. The death of Emmitt Till and Richard Henry shows that the civil right movement, should have happen way before this black kids died in order to show how cruel, life was if you skin color was black. You can really trust what you say around someone who have some type of disgust around you. After years of been in jail without any freedom the death of Emmitt Till was on step closer to stop