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State of Emergency Societies today have many fears but none bigger than change Many of the short stories that we have read have dealt with towns in fear of change In Where is the Voice Coming From Medgar Evers was assassinated because he was trying to change society in favor of the black community In the movie Witness the Amish community has a tough time trying to adapt to John Books lifestyle Change is a natural occurrence and until we can accept change we will never grow as a society In Where is the Voice Coming From the society is in a uproar over the speeches of a up-and-coming civil rights leader Medgar Evers This Mississippi town likes the way that their community is being run and do not want Medgar Evers or any other civil rights leaders to change the society Byron De La Beckwith is a member of this small Mississippi community and feels it is his duty to take care of the problem to ensure that there will be no change Byron De La Beckwith assassinates Mr Medgar Evers By doing so becomes a hero in the process and keeps the society unchanged and untouched A court could not convict Byron De La Beckwith and he was let free on many occasions This shows that the community was afraid if they decided against Byron De La Beckwith they would be traitors to their people The courts didnt want to charge him for murder because it would show other people that they are changed It would also show that they are not going to let people murder other races and get away with it This type of communities are hard to break and almost impossible to completely change It took the small community in Mississippi almost thirty years to change the decision and convict Byron De La Beckwith This proves the fact that the community is changing but it took thirty
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