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The year is 1619 and youre looking to trade some supplies for food and other goods at Point Comfort the checkpoint for ships wanting to trade with the colonists of Jamestown when suddenly a Dutch ship docks nearby With a peaked sense of curiosity you take your money and start towards the ship to see if they have anything that will catch your eye Twenty starved African slaves stood on the boat with price tags to match You hand one Dutch man some money and pull an African along behind you thus began the long journey into slavery Luckily for you though everyone had slaves so you cant be held accountable for your mistakes right Now centuries later this bandwagon attitude still exists Sure the slaves are freed today and were by the 1960s but the everyones-doing-it-so-I-dont-want-to-look-bad attitude still exists between whites and discrimination Although times have supposedly changed and black citizens have supposedly received their rights white men in the 1960s and even today still show racial discrimination against blacks strongly in the justice system if not in other systems as well In viewing the novel To Kill A Mockingbird the court case the film Separate But Equal and a recent study about racial discrimination against blacks in the courtroom everyone can see that times actually have not changedTo Kill A Mockingbird is a novel based in the fictional town of Maycomb County Alabama around the mid-1930s The plot of the novel is based around a black man Tom Robinson who is accused of raping a white woman Mayella Ewell Mayella Ewell and the entire Ewell family are next to last on the social status pyramid The only people whom are below of the Ewells are blacks Being in the racist South you know Tom Robinson doesnt have a chance to be found not guilty in this court case but his lawyer Atticus Finch tries with everything in him anyway Atticus goes to questioning
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