Maycomb is suffering from a lot of prejudice, and many of the people in Maycomb are, in fact racist. When Tom gets poorly accused for raping and beating a white woman and immediately goes to court. Considering the fact that he is black, he has an unfair disadvantage; people will be judging him on his race, not his alleged actions. The book takes place in the 1930s, but there is still racism around today. During Tom’s trial, the jury and the court are basing their decisions off of what Tom looks like; his skin color and not on what his actions were.
I found this extremely hypocritical, as most interracial relationships were between a white man, and a black woman, and were not consensual. Kelley also discusses the systematic racism, and political corruptness within law enforcement, which shows how bad racism is. I found it particularly disgusting when the L.A. police chief tried to blame the deaths of black men on their anatomy, and how if they were normal they would’ve been fine. This essay was very eye opening for me, and will change the way I look at law enforcement, and even my own family
The final way that shows how labels can affect people is negativity. There is so much negativity in this book, like when the book mentioned how the Ewells were not liked. “ The Ewells have been the disgrace of maycomb for three generations.”(Lee 30) This is true and nobody in Maycomb likes the Ewells. The only reason that people were on their side for the trial was because Tom was black and the people were racist that stood against him, They didn 't stand by the Ewells because they liked them. This book shows how labels can affect almost everyone and shows how you can be judged on almost anything.
In my opinion, the Tom Robinson trial was a complete waste of time, and is very biased. Mayella Ewell saw that Tom was different from her, and saw an opportunity. Although Maycomb citizens frowned upon the Ewell family, Mayella knew that the people in her town would go against Tom due to his race. In the trial, Toy 's lawyer, Atticus, calmly questions his witnesses, then cross-examines. He shows the courtroom that Mayella 's father, Bob, is a known aggressive alcoholic.
The Emmett Till Trials “Racism is man’s gravest threat to man- the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reasons”- Abraham Joshua Herschel Racism is a word that can have different meanings to different individuals, some may use it to distinguish people 's heritage, and others use it to make themselves feel superior to an opposing race. In case of Emmett Till, a young boy was horrifically killed, due to the fact that he talked to white women. Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam killed Emmett and threw his body into the tallahatchie river, and were later to been not not guilty I personally believe that Roy Bryant and J.W Milam should of been convicted of murder. Emmet grew up in downtown chicago raised by his loving mother Mamie, he travel to the south for the summer to spend time with his cousins .
After a year of careful planning she gets Tom Robinson into her house and makes advances toward him. When he denies them and Mayella’s father comes into the yard tom runs away because he knows something bad will come from this. After tom is gone Mayella’s father forces her to say that Tom Robinson abused her. Mayella is powerless because of her gender, the class she lives in, and the respect she gets from those around her. Mayella has never really been respected before.
Finally, as the book comes to conclusion Tom Robinson, a black man, is pleaded quilty with the charge of raping a white women. Throughout the novel, it was proven all he was trying to do and aiming for was to help a young girl. People in society gain the evil assumption that all black men and women aren 't equal to those of a different race. A part in the novel that proves how intolerable the society is; on page 242, "A white man 's word, against a black man 's word, the white man always wins" (Lee). This quote shows how the main reason Tom was guilty was due to the color of his skin.
She realizes how theses laws restrict anyone who supports blacks and wants to tell the truth of how they are treated. These laws are restricting their freedom of speech just because the South does not want to face what they do to other human beings. Despite the great peer pressure of their surroundings, neither character crumbled to the crushing discrimination all around them. Both Scout and Skeeter reacted to the prejudices against them and others with anger and dignity. They believed that everyone should be treated equally,
Bob Ewell’s word, a man despised by all the citizens of Maycomb, is still more trustworthy than Tom Robinson’s, a man who has done nothing wrong other than being born black, in the eyes of Maycomb. Atticus acknowledges this fact when explaining to Jem why the jury convicted Tom Robinson: There’s something in our world that makes men lose their heads—they couldn’t be fair if they tried. In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins. They’re ugly, but those are the facts of life.” (Lee 252) This is a testament to the way racism and prejudice can plague society. Even though the jury knew that Tom Robinson was innocent and that Bob Ewell was lying, they still had to convict Tom Robinson just because he was black.
In Maycomb, Alabama racial discrimination occurred a lot. People has lots of prejudices against colored people, and it resulted in many social injustices. One being the trial of tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white girl, was convicted and sentenced to prison due to the discrimination against his race. Atticus teaches Jem and Scout the meaning of courage when he chooses to defend Tom Robinson, even knowing he wasn 't going to win the trial. He tells Scout and Jem that “You might hear some ugly talk about it at school, but do one thing for me if you will: you just hold your head high and keep those fists down” (76).
There’s something in our world that makes men lose their heads- they couldn’t be fair if they tried. In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s word, the white always wins. They’re ugly, but these are the facts of life” (Lee 295) - Atticus Finch. To Kill A Mockingbird, a novel set in the 1930’s in Maycomb County when racism was more often seen than today. A town with a racist society filled with many white racist individuals.
In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Lee uses discrimination and injustice to tell us readers that you shouldn 't judge others by the way they live life or their actions because you can always be wrong. In the story many people are being discriminated because of their race , gender and even age. During the book we have many examples of discrimination especially in the case with Tom Robinson. We have many examples of how many people used to and still discriminate African Americans. In Mayella Ewell’s case we see many examples of discrimination because Bob Ewell made up a whole story that Tom Robinson raped when it clearly wasn’t true.
She did something that in our society is unspeakable: she kissed a black man.” (272) This shows how interaction with blacks is interpreted in their society. They are expected to not have any romantic relationships that intermix. This thought that the two groups of people are different and on is worse or better is just people passing on their own ideas to others. The prejudice towards blacks is very heavy in the book and is shown through many aspects. The way they are treated and talked about is all because people have predetermined opinions about them without their own experiences.
Anyone who stood up for, or defended an African American was considered a “negro lover”, and also brought shame to his or her family. Usually the truth became distorted and was in favor of whites over blacks. In “To Kill a Mockingbird”, the truth versus reality is distorted through three main themes, the three ways are, Tom Robinson being accused of rape, Tom Robinson feeling bad for Mayella Ewell, and Tom Robinson being convicted of the rape of Mayella Ewell. In “To Kill a Mockingbird” a black hardworking man named Tom Robinson, is accused of raping a white woman named Mayella Ewell. The truth of this matter is Tom Robinson, is Mayella threw herself at Tom.