Just Mercy was written in 2014, In modern day society, racial injustice has a big impact in this world today, as stated in Just Mercy and To Kill a Mockingbird. Showing that they are both related in many ways. The characters from To Kill A Mockingbird deal with racial injustice first hand. Scout, the narrator and daughter of Atticus Finch, experienced racial injustice of her father’s court case with Tom Robinson, an African American. Tom was accused of raping a white woman who was Mayella Ewell, Mayella said he raped her while he was helping her with chores.
This essay will primarily focus on the criminal justice area of this when discussing the Scottsboro trials and comparing the trials to the famous novel To Kill a Mockingbird. In some schools, To Kill a Mockingbird is mandatory for students to read (“Harper Lee dies at 89: A quiet life, a lasting legacy-- see the photos” 2). Jon Stewart said there is a “gaping racial wound that will not heal yet we pretend doesn’t exist” (Judith 2). There are similarities between the famous Scottsboro Trials and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. THE SCOTTSBORO TRIALS There were nine African American teenagers aboard a freight train during March of 1931 in Jackson County, Alabama (Alex 1).
Harper Lee touches upon many social issues in To Kill a Mockingbird. Among these issues is the matter of racism in America during the 1930s. This novel focused on the issue of racism through the case of Tom Robinson which conveyed the strong hostility towards African-Americans in Maycomb, Alabama. Other various occasions in the novel exhibit racism’s potential and influence in this country including Aunt Alexandra's disapproval of Calpurnia, and Mr. Dolphus Raymond’s hidden life. Through the results of these instances, Harper Lee shed a new light on racism and how it will always persist in America.
Alphonso personality traits and qualities are revealed through indirect characterization. His interaction, in addition, the language he used toward Celie show the theme of injustice. Through abuse, that is how the men in novel exert their power. Alphonso nefarious behavior and hatred for women became visible on the first page when he rapes Celie, “You better not never tell nobody but God. It'd kill your mammy” (Walker 1).
Justice Fried knew that the mass hysteria of child molestation had in fact affected the case. He also admitted that the children had been asked questions in a way that elicited a certain answer, one that confirmed the biases of all the prosecutors. To make matters worse Justice Fried also knew that the children 's testimonies were unlikely and knew how the defendant 's constitutional right of confronting their accusers had been violated. In the end Justice Fried’s position in the case was predetermined, it seems as if he did not even give the Amiraults a chance to prove their innocence. I think that Justice Fried was very biased and was not impartial at all and he did not adequately do what he was supposed to do in the situation presented to
Discrimination. To Kill A Mockingbird, a book based off of the racial biases of the American South in the time (1930s/Great Depression), shows them and their effects, like how the blacks in the courtroom have to sit in the balcony. Also, Tom Robinson was considered guilty in a white person versus a black person case, even though the evidence pointed to him being innocent. Another event that was going on was when a gang tries to take Tom Robinson away for lynching, but is stopped by Atticus and Scout. To Kill A Mockingbird shows the effects of racial discrimination in the American South at the time by showing racism towards blacks, allow automatic black guilt, and threats or violence made to blacks
Concerning the second charge, Gilmore as a prosecutor is elected by the public, and following the prior analysis of Alabama in the 1930s, without being part of the racialist society there was no other way for him to be elected. For his defends he reflects “the bigotry and racism of his time and place” (Vestil 4) , therefore integrates himself into the racially segregates society. The last state representative in To Kill a Mockingbird is Sheriff Heck Tate, who should enforce the law including separate but equal. However, when Bob Ewell comes to him and reports that his daughter had been raped, Tate comes with him and immediately arrests Tom Robinson. When in the end of the book, Bob Ewell is dead, Sheriff Tate’s does not start an investigation, but says that Bob Ewell fell on a knife.
Because Mayella was so lonely and ashamed of what she had done, Mayella accused Tom of raping her even when he resisted all of her sexual advances. When the case was taken to court, the jury ruled that Tom was guilty mainly because of his skin color. In conclusion, because of this negative relationship, Mayella did something that was socially unacceptable, Tom was shot dead, and there was corruption throughout Maycomb County. Some men felt so much anger toward Tom they tried to kidnap him from jail just so they could kill him on their own. I believe the lesson the author, Harper Lee, is trying to teach is that unlike Mayella, we need to take responsibility for our actions.
I will point to certain events in his life that might have caused him to believe he had the right to commit the altogether evil act of raping his own daughter. There is no escaping that rape is unimaginably evil, the most degrading and horrible thing a person can do and more so to their own child. However, it is hard to accept that some people are simply born evil. The more likely reason is that people are a mirror image of the society they live in. The experiences they have accumulated along the way, and the people who raised them.
The police and news channels broadcasted the warnings against the predator, for they feared the lives of prospective victims, yet at the same time, he was allowed into the society. If the system feared for the attacks to reoccur then why did they allow him to be released? Why in the first place would we release such a man into society and risk the lives of women. In spite of having the four pillars of the justice system, why do we fail to prevent such crimes? When will the court realize that this man, among many, is a threat and perhaps deserves a real substantial prison sentence?
This case depicted the extent of barbarous treatment of blacks. One of the main events in To Kill a Mockingbird is Atticus Finch’s case involving a black man, Tom Robinson, and a white female, Mayella Ewell. She was known for being part of one of the most disgusting families in town and accusing Mr. Robinson of raping her after she asked him inside the house to help her with a chore. Since she was white and Mr. Robinson was black, no matter what was said, the jury would take the white persons side of it due to the discrimination of blacks during that time. With Lee being the daughter of a well-known lawyer in the county it is evident that she was aware of the happenings of the Scottsboro Case enough to have been the influence of the Robinson Case in To Kill a Mockingbird.