Mrs.Dubose wasn’t the only adult to speak badly about the Finch family. Jem and scout are looked at differently by th... ... middle of paper ... ...30’s Maycomb citizens may have wanted to put a black man in jail for no particular reason, but if that case ever went to court today, Tom Robinson and Atticus would’ve won without a doubt. In closing, Racism is wrong no matter what society or class you are from. The color of someone’s skin shouldn’t determine their place in the world. Because of racism, people of Maycomb were hostile toward anyone who disagreed with them.
It was a mistaken identity case where the distressed raped women picked out the wrong black man. Even though the conviction was overturned due to DNA evidence, a mistaken eyewitness testimony led to a wrongful conviction that the Burlington Police upheld without question due to prejudice feelings toward determine Ronald Cotton (Thompson-Cannino, Cotton and Torneo 283). Ronald had his whole family testify that he had been home the night Jennifer was raped however because he had mixed up his dates when he originally confessed that police assumed he was lying despite what he and his family said. The other indication of racism on the police force was when the second rape victim did not pick Ronald Cotton out of the physical lineup; she claimed she was terrified of the black men standing in front of her and just needed to leave, even though she knew it saw Ronald that had raped her (Thompson-Cannino, Cotton and Torneo 129). Ronald was believed to be guilty and was trying to prove his innocence from the beginning.
He provided a strong case for the jury and exposed the accuser and accusing witnesses’ of their lies, administering reasonable doubt. In most cases, they would not be able to convict the suspect if there was even a miniscule amount of doubt. However, the jury preferred Tom’s skin color over his attorney’s closing statement - they took advantage of h... ... middle of paper ... ...criticizing Atticus. Mrs. Dubose’s insults directed towards Atticus as well as blacks had caused Jem to demolish her property. Various conflicts in the plot are commonly caused by racial prejudice.
Mayella Ewell did not admit to the truth because she was afraid of what the town would perceive of her actions. Atticus implied that... ... middle of paper ... ...a white man harming a black man, the black man would be guilty of assaulting the white man. Thusly, there was little to no chance that the jury would believe anything Tom Robinson said. Mayella used the town’s racism to her advantage to get out of her sticky situation. In conclusion, Mayella Ewell lied to the citizens of Maycomb about Tom Robinson because she knew the people would not approve of her actions of advancing on a man of different color.
She also tries to show how people have so bad ideas that would just be painful to someone else but they still think it is cool because they know that they should not be living with a black person or a white person. Most of the prejudice that happen in this book revolves around the Tom Robinson rape case. This book is set in Maycomb, Alabama. Racial discrimination becomes a big factor in to kill a mockingbird. " People said that he existed but jem and I had never seen him". "
To this add the fact of the inherent prejudice against colored people, and it will be clearly seen that a white jury is certain to find a Negro prisoner guilty if there is the least evidence to warrant such a finding." Meredith Lewis was arrested, but not convicted of a charge. The mob had to make a point to follow Meredith Lewis and kidnap him and hanged by his neck for a murder which her was not convicted. I feel that the white people felt that the blacks were getting to close to be like an equal. With that on mind, the whites felt that they need to show the blacks that they still run things.
This can be exemplified by the fate suffered by the Scottsboro boys after they were accused of raping two white women. Although there was no evidence to prove their guilt, the all-white juries in their trials still found them guilty and sentenced them to life in prison (Pettengill, 10-5-2015). This unjust approach towards African Americans is portrayed in Bigger’s trial and is highlighted by Max’s words “And not only is this man a criminal, but a black criminal. And as such, he comes into court under handicap, notwithstanding our pretensions that all are equal before the law” (Wright, 1518). The trial is not truly representative of justice, but just a show for the public, and allowing an all-white jury to decide on Bigger’s fate is unfair because their minds are already conditioned by the press of the nation which has already reached a decision as to his guilt.
One point that is brought up in the book is understanding racism. This is an issue because Atticus as a white man is defending Tom Robinson a black man who is accused of raping a white woman named Mayella Violet Ewell, Bob Ewell daughter which as expected their white. If this was to take place in the north no one would really care, but they live in the south where people still believed in segregation from blacks, and for a black man to challenge a white man in court, meant that they would probably lose their case because of prejudice against their race and color. Also a white man defending a black man in court which was unheard of at th... ... middle of paper ... ...o Blacks and not get lynched by the town people. Keep in mind this is the 1930’s in the south where everyone is highly racist toward blacks so its unheard of a white man having an affair with a black woman so to live the life he wanted to live he had to pretend to be drunk.
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is set in this turbulent period. In this novel, many people are the victims of prejudice and evil. One such person is Tom Robinson, an honest black worker falsely accused of rape. In the court trial, it is revealed that it was impossible for Tom Robinson to have raped the victim, Mayella Ewell. However, due to the racism of the all-white jury, Tom is convicted of the crime despite the clear evidence.
Specifically, the trial scene illustrates the prejudice in the court system. Tom Robinson is unable to have a fair trial due to the racist views of the jury. Scout comes to this realization when she sees that “in the secret courts of men’s hearts Atticus had no case” (Lee 323). The jury makes its decision before the trial even starts. On top of this, Tom Robinson is not truly tried by a jury of his own peers because the jurors are all white.