Racial Injustice In To Kill A Mockingbird

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“In 2010, the U.S. Sentencing Commission reported that African Americans receive 10% longer sentences than whites through the federal system for the same crimes” (11 Facts About Racial Discrimination). When someone hears justice, they tend to think fairness and equity, though that doesn’t always seem to be the case. For those who do not have a complete understanding over the justice system's functions, it is difficult to form an idea of how justice works. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch as well as Bryan Stevenson, in Just Mercy, are faced with a similar case where they are trying to defend an African American male that was wrongly convicted. Both Stevenson and Atticus have similar qualities as they contemplate that it is morally right to give people an equal chance to prove their innocence. Though the court has a different standpoint towards black people's innocence, which led to racial discrimination. Racial injustice, an issue that is still prevalent today, is illustrated throughout Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy, and modern day society.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, racial infringement is a recurring situation that Harper Lee presents in the novel. The attitude and behavior of the characters, like Mr. Gilmer, administered towards African Americans present that they are resentful of them. “The way that man called him ‘boy’ all the time an’ sneered at him, an’ looked around at the jury every time he answered...It ain’t right, somehow it
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