This summer, I read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and I had to compare the theme of the book to a modern day issue. The George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin Case, currently in the news, bears the most similarities with the Tom Robinson Case, around which centers most of the book’s content. In the book,Tom Robinson was falsely accused of rape by a Southern girl, Mayella Ewells. She claimed that when she asked the black man to chop up her old wardrobe he abused her immediately. Actually, Mayella invited him over to her house and tried to kiss him. Mayella’s father found her locking lips with Tom and promptly beat, strangled and punched Mayella, as Tom ran away. Although the lack of evidence made it almost impossible for Tom to be found guilty, the jury voted for the death penalty all the same. This was because he was an African-American, considered to be inferior as a human being and to the all white male jury, it was either a white man’s word or a black man’s word. Reflecting the rampant racism of the inhabitants in the small Alabama town of the 1930’s, the book highlights the courage it took to go against the prevailing view and uphold honor, truth and justice.
The George Zimmerman Case revolves around the shooting of Trayvon Martin in a small town in Florida. George Zimmerman was captain of the Neighborhood Watch in a gated community, when one evening he saw Trayvon Martin walking alone, wearing a hoodie. Seeing the African-American teenager, George began to suspect him as a burglar, called the police and notified them of Trayvon’s whereabouts. The police told him to not chase Trayvon but George pressed on and shot Trayvon. The victim was not there to rob a house but was actually going home, carrying a bag of skittles and tea. After the incident, the local police accepted George’s claim of self defense and did not bother to detain him. After public outrage, the FBI investigated the crime and concluded that it was not self-defense but...
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