William Harper Lee 's Today 's World

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Justice in Today’s World Setting in the 1930’s, Harper Lee’s fictional portrayal of the typical black man in To Kill a Mocking Bird set off what has happened to hundreds if not thousands of African-Americans in those times. Her book was generally about the racism that existed in the southern states of the U.S. “In scripting Mockingbird, Lee sought to document the region 's historic problem with racism and expose the anatomy of segregation at the moment of its legal dismantling. In doing so, she perspicaciously commented on the institutional mechanisms of racial hierarchy, and ultimately turned to fiction to facilitate cultural change in the face of law 's failure to end the injustices visited upon black citizens of southern towns.” (Halpern) Years past this horrendous time, the question still awaits, has racism truly ended? Did Atticus Finch do all he could to help Tom Robinson to prevent his fateful end? In this paper, I will answer these questions. But first, here’s a few real-life examples of African-American men who just like Tom Robinson been falsely accused. One such instance is that of Emmet Till. Emmett Till, “a 14-year-old boy from Chicago who was brutally murdered by two white men in the Mississippi Delta on August 28, 1955, for allegedly whistling at a white woman in a store in Money, Mississippi,” says Patrick Chura. He goes on and states: “The September 1955 trial of Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam for the murder of Emmett Till in retribution…
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