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It came to my attention after reading the news yesterday, that a man proven innocent was convicted of rape in Maycomb County just one week ago. How could this be? If he was proven innocent, then how could the jury possibly convict him? To put these questions to rest, I decided to look more into it. I researched the town, the people, the jury, and the defendant. The defendant (a man named Tom Robinson) is a black man. The town, as I discovered, is primarily white, and most of the townspeople look down on blacks, and have no respect for them. After looking through the files of the residents of Maycomb, one man seemed to be different than most of the other people. It was Atticus Finch that stood out, and he was also the lawyer defending Tom Robinson. Atticus seemed to have more respect for the black community in his town, which most people lacked. He was probably the only person that would actually take defending a black man seriously in Maycomb, which shows the lack of morale in the town. After looking at the judge and the jury, I realized that Tom never had a chance in the first place. The odds were still against him even though the plaintiff was the lowest form of human imaginable, who would have lost no matter what the case was if she was up against another white person. She was Mayella Ewell; disgusting. The point is, how would Tom might have been sentenced if he was in another town like yours and mine, say (your state here)? Thereís no doubt in my mind that he would have been found innocent right away if he was tried in my town, because of the undeniable evedence, and the lack of racial discrimination in (your town here). The place called Maycomb County needs to be in the hands of a better judicial system. The judge would have found some way to find him guilty no matter what. So, readers, Iím just trying my best to get my point across that no matter what we think, no matter how far we think our civilization has evolved, discrimination because of the color of your skin, or your race, will always be here in some form. In this case, an entire town.
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