Case Study: Radio vs. a Time to Kill

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Radio vs. A Time to Kill Ryan Van Beek Ethics in Management Dr. Brenda Johnson October 6, 2012 Radio vs. A Time to Kill Introduction The movies Radio and A Time to Kill are laden with ethical dilemmas, as both of these films depict a man that must choose what is right, no matter what his peers or society as a whole concludes. However, both stories are also vastly different in their reception, as the main characters’ actions could not be further from each other. Each film makes the viewer to take a side, although the right side is not always clear. However, one thing is for sure: these stories force us to ponder right, wrong, and the line that divides the two. Compare Radio and A Time to Kill are based in the South with racial discrimination as an underlying source of tension. While race is more prevalent in A Time to Kill, Radio’s African American descent does play a part in his lack of welcome at T.L. Hanna High School. To quote the movie, T.L. Hanna’s principal makes a point to say, “If you are wondering if I’m concerned about a mentally disabled black man hanging around our boys, then you’re absolutely right” (Radio, 2003). I personally found this quote to imply that she was afraid that Radio would become violent with the boys and hurt someone. She did not have to say anything about Radio being black, as her trepidation is understandable in regard to any individual that is developmentally disabled. However, she made sure to imply that being “black” only adds to her reason for concern, as if the color of his skin doubled the problem. In A Time to Kill, though, the issue of race is not near as subtle and is instead at the core of the whole story. This film tells the story of a black man that commits the revengeful murders of two white boys for the rape and beating of his young daughter. The very essence of the movie depicts the
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