In the South of the United States in the 1930´s, the justice system was very unfair towards colored people. Colored people that were sent to court could not receive a fair trial because of the prejudice and racism from the jury. This happened all the time, especially in Maycomb Alabama. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, a colored man named Tom Robinson was convicted of assaulting a white woman just because of the color of his skin. Tom Robinson should have been found not guilty for many reasons.
Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird famously said in his closing arguments: "You know the truth, and the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some negro men are not to be trusted around women- black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and no particular race of men." (pg 232) What Atticus is trying to convey is a foreign concept to most people in Maycomb county. Atticus is trying to convey a point of equality and no prejudice in a world of social inequality which, as one can imagine, didn 't go over so well. To kill a mockingbird tells a story of a county whose morals are masked by the great depression, a county whose judgment is masked by racism and social stigma.
Lynchings were the ultimate expression of white supremacy during Jim Crow.” Moreover, this explains that If Stacey were to be caught touching Jeremy this could happen to him especially if Jeremy were have malevolent actions towards Stacey or wanted to retaliate against him with insidious things.. Furthermore, this also explains that if T.J. were Stacey's friend that this would not happen since this law does not apply to colored people. It is Christmas time in the book and Papa goes on to explain why Stacey can not be friends with the baleful Jeremy. On page 158 it states, “‘We Logans don’t have much to do with white folks. You know why?
No thought of the future. Just run blind the first chance he saw” (Lee 322). The fact that Scout writes, that Tom was just a typical negro man, show that Tom symbolizes a mockingbird because just from being that minority color, in his time, people thought of him differently, not as an individual but a group. Finally when Tom was blamed for raping Mayella, even thought everyone knew the truth, and when he did something to help her out out of the goodness of his heart, but because he was of different status and race backfires, Toms status as a symbolic mockingbird becomes
“mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy” (Lee 93). One of the examples of good vs evil in this story is Tom Robinson’s court case with Mayella Ewell. Tom Robinson is a black man named who is accused for a crime of raping and beating Mayella Ewell even though he just helped her with household chores. In the book Tom was seen as a bad figure for most of the book even though he was just a caring, harmless person. You can say many mockingbirds die in today’s reality, but it is the innocent that suffer the most often.
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a book about the racial tensions and segregation that arose in the 1930’s. The general storyline is about the main characters, Scout and Jem. At the start of the story, Jem and Scout were always discriminating against other characters, especially Boo Radley. The town was split in half due to racial segregation and Atticus Finch, their father, was a lawyer who doesn’t care who he’s representing because he’s a man of integrity and decency. Scout and Jem eventually mature and start to understand the dangers of discrimination after they see that Boo Radley is just a human and not the person that they all made him into.
They see this through the Tom Robinson trial as well as the trip to Calpurnia’s church. They see that Calpurnia uses a different style of talking to the people of her church. This proves that Calpurnia has a different level of respect for the blacks and can speak more freely and comfortably with them. According to “He had announced in the schoolyard the day before that Scout Finch’s daddy defended niggers.” (77), Scout was called out by Cecil Jacobs because Atticus was defending Tom Robinson. Scout realizes that society is unusually racist and some people are not as privileged as others.
This is because blacks and white don’t eat together. Another example would be that many whites burnt down houses of blacks and their crimes were recorded, but they did not need to spend a day in court. Therefore, the court is also racist against blacks. The last example would be that officers took away American flags from blacks because they would consider them as Non- Americans during protest for freedom. In class discussions, we talked about marriages between interracial.
The Right Thing “Sometimes it is better to lose and do the right thing than to win and do the wrong thing.”-Tony Blair. In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch realized this very truth. When someone approached Atticus about defending a black man named Tom Robinson, Atticus had a serious decision to make. MayElla Ewell recently accused Tom of raping her, and Atticus would have to prove otherwise. In this time, white people thought of black people as lower than them and did not treat them fairly.
The character Dolphus Raymond is one of the first motives of a mockingbird ascertained in the novel. The people of Maycomb judge and dislike Dolphus because he is a white man who hangs around with the Negroes. According to others, it is not acceptable to be married to a person of another colour and have children with them, which is the position Dolphus is in. “They don’t belong anywhere. Colored folks won’t have ‘em because they’re half white, white folks won’t have ‘em ‘cause they’re colored, so they’re just in-betweens, don’t belong anywhere.” (Lee 161).
of respect for African American holy worship; a sacrosanct place they treat with deference is used for sinful gambling by whites. The African Americans were immediately taken aback when they saw Jem and Jean Louise enter the church, as they are unaccustomed to seeing whites at their all-black church. One African American woman even goes to say that “ [Calpurnia] ain’t got no business bringin white chillun here- they got their church, we got our’n.” This viewpoint is clearly a product of race segregation and demonstrates how irrevokably shocking it was, during that time period, for two white children to enter an African-American church. However, over time, the churchgoers became friendly with Jem and Jean Louise, and include them in their hymnals. Harper Lee depicts the black community of Maycomb admirably, as
In “To Kill a Mockingbird” written by Harper Lee is taken place during the Great Depression is about three children named Scout, her brother Jem, and their friend Dill who try seek to find adventure while spying on their weird and peculiar neighbor, Boo Radley. While their father Atticus, a fair and courteous lawyer tries to defend a black man from being accused from rape, leads the children to be looked at differently from other white people. In this story the theme is your social reputation doesn 't make you who you are. In the story a man named Boo Radley was known to be the creep of the town. He never stepped foot outside the house, but only at night.
This quotation shows how African Americans had no say in what happened in the American criminal justice system and were treated unethically. When the quotation mentions “Twelve white men” it is referring to the jury. The fact that the jury is all white for the conviction of a black man reveals the discrimination in the American criminal justice system at this time in history. Another idea that is touched on in this novel is, “How do people come up with a date and a time to take life from another man? Who made them God?” (Gaines 157).