He is almost completely shunned from the town because he is trying to help a black man accused of rape. Mayella had told Tom, “I said come here, nigger, and bust up this chiffarobe for me, I gotta nickel for you.” (p.241) She had tricked him to coming over to her. Then that’s about the time when she accuses him of rape. He had felt sorry for her, which is why he was falsely accused in the first place. Courthouse segregation was one of the biggest bits of racism I found in this book.
From her story to the scar nothing matches up to what she is saying, but because he had an all white jury, they found him guilty. “As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day, but let me tell you something and don’t forget it-whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich of a family he comes from, or how fine of a family he comes from, that white man is trash.”(Lee 223) “Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don’t pretend to understand.”(Lee 100) In current events, Schools are tarnished by 5,000 racist incidents. “Experts say racism in schools reflects what children are hearing in their homes and communities.”(Pg. 1 Paragraph 3) These
If he had an impartial jury, he would have been a free man. However, none of the jurors believed that Tom was telling the truth. They were raised to hate all black people. White people have been hurting and killing black people for centuries because of hatred. Therefore, the black community in Maycomb was crippled with fear.
On his way to another jail, he was shot by a few white men who hunted him down (Lee, 2006). Because of the bigotry involved in this movie, Tom Robison’s life was hugely affected. If he were a white man, he probably would have never been sent to jail or killed. If only Tom knew that the coming years would bring justice to blacks in the U.S…. The early 1950’s through the late 1960’s began the Civil Rights Movement, the social movements in the United States that were aimed at outlawing racial discrimination against African Americans and restoring voting rights to them.
Some of these groups and people included ‘Malcolm X’, Rosa Parks, and ‘The Black Panthers’. Malcolm X saw King’s campaign as trying to persuade the African American citizens to forget the days of slavery, and forget what the white men had done to their people. His stance was passive/aggressive and wanted equality by any means, including violence. Malcolm X was assassinated by a white supremacist during a speech and died of bullet wounds. Also, ‘The Black Panthers’ were a very violent group and saw King’s campaign as time consuming and feared it being forgotten in the process.
Two years before Simpson was convicted, Rodney King was severely beaten by the Los Angeles Police Department. He was African American and was attacked by white policemen. Many of the residents that were African American felt that the Los Angeles police victimized them due to the color of their skin. They had full support of OJ when he went to trial. Race played a huge role in this trial.
In the book To Kill a Mockingbird the rape trail of Tom Robinson vs Mayella Ewell, an African American man accused of raping a white teenage girl was held in a bias court room of Maycomb County. Tom Robinson was proven innocent but the end verdict did not match the proof, because no jury would chose to listen to a black man over a white girl due to the state of prejudice Maycomb was under. Racism this town got to the point where when Atticus Finch, a white lawyer chose to represent Tom in the case he was a disgrace and an outcast to the white community. Not only Atticus but his children all suffered from the judgement they were receiving from the whole community for Atticus representing an innocent man. Since children were exposed to this behavior the racism has been passed down to generation to generation.
Unlike many of my classmates this was not my first time viewing this movie or hearing about the syphilis experimental research that was done on about 400 poor black share croppers. To me this movie is another example of how the White controlled US government used racial ideology to ethically mistreat the Black male citizens. My first response to this movie is anger, especially being a black male US citizen myself. I just don’t understand the mentality of the white people. It was already known it that syphilis untreated was fatal disease.
This movie reveals a sign of regress of our society because, most lynching incidents in America which occurred in public spaces and were usually the result of rape allegations involving black male supposedly assailants and white women who were purportedly their victims has not been seeing as a pure act of cruelty and hated from white supremacist calling for “justice”. A proof of this is that today, the noose appears in secluded areas such as school grounds and workplaces (Hyde Turner tragedy at work Conrald, Texas) as a result of racial tension in the U.S. Years after the Civil Right Movement, the battle for respect among all people regardless of the color of their skins and the end of racist organization or movement is far from over. A change has been operated but it is not enough to prevent such actions in the first democratic country of the world. In my opinion, the fact CNN host Kyra Phillips emphasize the importance that “youth people understand the horrors of the noose.” shows that American youth today are more sensitive about racial violence than previous generations of Americans. The essential reasons is because these major racial acts of violence occurred in the past so we should now be able to look at it from a clear, reasonably coherent and tolerant point of view in order to make these events stop.
Richard’s grandmother was always excessively beating him. From the beginning, Richard would not subdue himself to the white man like the other black people around. The white people knew that he was different from other black men. Whites were scared because Richard challenged the system that they had created to insure white supremacy. They feared Richard, and some of the white people felt it necessary to act out their racist feelings in order to cover up their fear.