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Tom Robinson

on 29 January 2015

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Transcript of Race

Race a.k.a
Tom Robinson vs The Ewells
Eg. 1 - " It couldn't be worse Jack. The only thing we've got is a black man's word against the Ewells'... The jury couldn't possibly be expected to take Tom Robinson's word against the Ewells'" (Ch.9)
Analysis : Tom Robinson's race affected his trial because he was black and no white person wanted to be associated with him. The jury would not stand by him because of the social and racial separation.
Dolphus Raymond's biracial children
Stanley Wrice
Stanley Wrice was wrongly convicted and sentenced to a 100 years in prison for abduction, rape and sexual assault of a 32-year-old women on September 8, 1982. He was only 28. Wrice spent 31 years and 3 months behind bars before he was freed in 2013. He claimed he was severely beaten by Chicago police officers both whom had worked for Jon Burge, the lieutenant who was fired after finding out he tortured black suspects.
North West
"I feel a responsibility as a mother, a public figure, a human being, to do what I can to make sure that not only my child, but all children, don't have to grow up in a world where they are judged by the color of their skin, or their gender, or their sexual orientation." - Kim Kardashian
New York City
July 17, 2014


Eg. 2 - "If you were a nigger like me you'd be scared too.. it wasn't safe fo any nigger to be in a fix like that.. I was scared 'd hafta face up to what i didn't do." (Ch.19)
Analysis : Tom knew that if he was put on trial he would not have a chance against the Ewells. He knew that Mayella's word would be put over his no matter what, due to him being black.
Eg. 3 - "“Guilty…guilty…guilty” (Ch.21)
Analysis: Tom Robinson was convicted by the jury, even after Bob and Mayella Ewells' lies slipped through the cracks. An innocent black man's life was over after being accused by a young white woman and her overbearing, vicious father.
Eg. 1- “They don’t belong anywhere. Colored folks won’t have ‘em because they’re half white; white folks won’t have ‘em ‘cause they’re colored, so they’re just in betweens, don’t belong anywhere.” (Ch.16)
Analysis: This shows how mixed race children were looked down on, and were not accepted with either black or white people because they were not racially “pure”.
Eg. 2 - “…but around here once you have a drop of blood of Negro blood, that makes you all black.” (Ch.16)
Analysis: Mr.Raymond's children were not accepted in Maycomb because they were half black and therefore deemed as all Negro.
Eg.3 - “He was supposed to marry one of the Spencer ladies… shotgun… she pulled the trigger… she found out about his colored woman, he reckoned he could keep her and get married too.” (Ch.16)
Analysis: Miss Spencer would rather have died than be socially destroyed and scrutinized by her community members. One would assume that being acquainted with the Negroes in any way would make them pathetic and less of a person; even equivalent to the other ethnicity.
Eric Garner, a black man, was suspected of illegally selling cigarettes. While being apprehended, he raised both hands and told the police officers not to touch him. Garner yelled that he could not breathe. Then, an officer held him in an illegal choke hold, resulting in his immediate death. This ordeal was even caught on camera.
The most recent news on the media is Kim Kardashian's baby girl, North West. Her father, Kanye West, is a black man which makes North a biracial child. Her parents are very famous and they get a lot of attention, but now people are starting to bully North West, a child, for her own race.

Race had a major impact on the lives of Tom Robinson, Maycomb’s people, Dolphus Raymond and his mixed children. Due to his own ethnicity, Tom was falsely accused and persecuted because of something he did not attempt. The white people of Maycomb segregated themselves from the black people of Maycomb because they saw themselves as superior. Lastly, Dolphus Raymond was looked down on because of his relationship with a black woman. His family, in general, had no significance to anyone in the town because they were a mixed cultural family and therefore seen as a disgrace to both cultures.
White people of Maycomb vs. Black people of Maycomb
by: Bursalyan, Angela
Contreras, Daisy
Ronquillo, Christine

Eg.1 - "Miss Stephanie was curious to know who gave us permission to go to court, it was all over town this morning that we were in the Colored balcony. Did Atticus put us up there as a sort of-? Wasn't it right close up there with all those-?" (Ch. 22)
Analysis: The fact that Atticus' children sat in the colored balcony while he defended a Negro in a "white vs. black" case was scandalous because it made people wonder if that was how he raised his children or if he forced them to sit with the Negroes.
Eg. 2 - " 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. Those are the facts of life." (Ch. 23)
Analysis: Atticus said racism had such a great impact on the people of Maycomb that they could not help but let their prejudice affect their decisions and ability to reason. They could not see beyond the color of their skin.
Eg. 3 - " She was white and she tempted a Negro. She did something that in our society is unspeakable: she kissed a black man." (Ch. 20)
Analysis: Mayella attempted to seduce Tom Robinson who was a black man. In their society, this was something so unimaginable and horrendous, it would have ruined her and her family's reputation. It would have made her a disgrace to her family and to her own race.
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