Analysis Of The Book ' Jim Crow On Trial '

747 Words Mar 15th, 2016 3 Pages
The book Jim Crow on Trial is very much centered around subjects of justice and fairness. As it follows a real court case, if must do so. The boys suffer through a time of unfair and often cruel treatment. They are accused by 2 white girls, tried by bias and racist juries, and finally, thrice convicted of rape and sentenced to death. In their last trial, some had their charges dropped, and others received only life in prison. Those in prison eventually left on parole. Only one of the boys was pardoned pre mortem, the rest pardoned 80 years after being accused. So could one honestly say they received justice? Or is there a time limit on this? I believe so, and I don’t think they got the justice due to them.
To answer the question of did they receive justice, one must define justice. I believe wholeheartedly that justice is subjective. For me, justice includes being rightly sentenced and if incorrectly sentenced, the reversal must occur within the lifetime of the accused. This case violated both tiers of my justice code. From the beginning of the story, in the prologue, the author says, “To this day, the case remains synonymous with the injustice of Jim Crow and the manner in which African Americans were deprived of basic civil rights”, thus showing that there wasn’t adequate justice in this case and trial. In the beginning, as those who’ve read about the case know, the boys were falsely accused of rape. From then, they were not being treated with fairness. They were accused…
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