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To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Racial Prejudices Within To Kill A Mockingbird And An Alternate Text For Alternate Examples.

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It is perceived that a court should be an un-bias means of determining the guilt or innocence of the accused. This is not always the case with racial, social and personal prejudices influencing decisions.It is clear in 'To Kill a Mockingbird' that there is racial prejudices in the town, when Atticus is assigned the job of defending a 'nigga' in a rape case he knows that there is no hope for Tom Robertson he still defends him and tries to fight a fair case, but unfortunately the townspeople's racial prejudices influence the decision."The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be he any colour of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box. As you grow older, you'll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don't you forget it - whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash." ~Atticus, page 243Atticus is one of the few people in Maycomb that actually fights for justice even though he knows it is a losing battle, but he truly respects people for what they are, not the colour of their skin.Not all people feel that people can be decent if they are black, most people in the town would not give a black person a chance at all to prove themselves, or help them even if they knew they could do a good job."... you've got to do something about her," - Aunt AlexandraThis is said by the aunt when she and Atticus are talking about Calpurnia. Aunt Alexandra thinks that the children should not be brought up around black people, simply because they are black, not because of ability. This is a blatant show of racism by her. This is the same mentality as held by some or most of the jury members.The jury members in Twelve Angry men are also prejudice but it is more of a socio-economical prejudice that affected their decisions on the court case:"Juror #8: I feel sorry for you...Juror #3: Don't start with me...Juror #8: What it must feel like to want to kill someone yourself!Juror #3: Listen, you shut up!Juror #8: (baiting him) Ever since we walked into this room, you've been behaving like a self-appointed public avenger!Juror #3: I'm tellin' you now! Shut up!Juror #8: You want to see this boy die because you personally want it, not because of the facts!" ~Act I, Page 37Even though they have personal prejudices about this case, Where Juror 3 wants the accused to die as it reminds him of a similar situation with his own son, they still talk out the case and come to the right decision, and this is an example...

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