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Nyaisha Gray Bill of Rights/ Civil Rights December 3, 2012 A Time to Kill Essay U.S Government PD-3 Mr. Patten

A time to kill released in 1996, based on the thrilling novel “A Time to Kill” by John Grisham. Highlighting issues going on in the south throughtout the 1980’s. A Time to kill showed how racism was present in the southern judicial system. The movie touches on issues of racism such as Ku Klux Klan, NAACP, and blacks vs. whites. The movies also shows how difficult it was for blacks living in a white man’s world .

The movie starts off with 10 year old Tanya Hailey walking home from the grocery store, drunks James Willard and Billy Cobb began throwing cans of beer at her while driving by, they pull over only to grab Tanya and drag her to an secluded area where they take turns severely raping, beating, and urinating on her. After being startled while trying to hang Tanya on a branch that couldn’t support her near lifeless body, the drunken duo diposed of her body in a ravine, not expecting her to survive. She survives the horrendous ordeal and identifies the two men by their truck. Tanya’s father, Carl Lee Hailey overwhelmed with anger decideds to take matter in his own hands guns down the two men and severly injures a on duty cop in the courtroom in front of many witnesses. This incident becomes a social outcry, as white and black, poor and privileged take a stand for what they believe in.

Watching this movie makes you question to yourself what if you were placed in the same predicament. If being placed in Mr. Hailey’s shoes I would have also took the same route and avenge my daughters rape. Mr. Hailey also did what he did because the same crime was commited before, where four white men raped a black girl and got away...
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