Thursday, February 16, 2012
Personal Response to Trial
While reading chapters 17-22, I began to realize how deep racism and prejudice ran. I knew that racism existed back then, but I didn't realize how deep it ran. I didn't know people had the audacity to actually condemn a man's life. It's a shame because it was clearly proven that Tom was innocent, but the jury was blinded by their own selfish beliefs. Atticus was able to prove Tom's innocence, and the jury knew it but they were to afraid to admit it. It is really unfair for them to do this just because they had to live up to what the rest of the citizens of Maycomb wanted them to do.
Evidence to support that Tom was innocent was that a man that is left handed is the one who beat Mayella. Tom is right handed because his left hand was injured as a kid. Mayella's father is left handed. Another piece of evidence is just the expressions on Tom's face. It was obvious that he was telling the truth, it was the jury's selfish decision to say he was guilty because of his colored skin. I learned that there was no such thing as a fair trial back then. If you were white, you one the case. If you black you inevitably lost. This was no way fair, and it's a shame to say this was all taking place in our American History.