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The song Hurricane by Bob Dylan tells the story of a man who was accused of murder and spent years in prison for a crime he did not commit The song is disturbing in its story of lies and racism that put Rubin Carter in prison This story is a good example of society labeling someone a deviant and that deviant struggling to overcome that stigma The song reflects on how peoples status can make them believable without an actual judgement of their individual character For some like Rubin Carter failing to look beyond a persons status can have terrible consequences Hurricane could have a positive impact on anyone in society who realizes there are injustices that surround us every day Although we cannot give Rubin Carter back those years of his life he spent in prison we can work to make sure it doesnt happen again The blatant injustices depicted in this song and the fact that it is a true story made me realize just how unfair life can be When I first heard the song at seventeen I had a more idealistic view of the world I thought bad people went to jail and good people were found innocent at trial The fact that the jury convicted Rubin Carter without a murder weapon and without the victims positive identification is not the most disturbing part of the song The fact that policemen and other people lied to put this man in jail is appalling and to top it all off they only did it to him because he was black I did not find out until much later that Rubin Carter was released from jail It made me happy to know that he got his life back however all the years he lost in jail cannot be replaced Im sure there are some people who still think he is guilty Once again the unfairness of the whole situation is overwhelming It is
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