If anything, there is still simmering racial discrimination and other injustices toward the black community in a number of states and especially in the South where it was set. The book provides overwhelming evidence to suggest that that the racial prejudice of the 1950s in America and especially the south, was many times over the residual racial prejudice that we see today. For instance, Mrs. Fallow opinion to the effect that blacks are dangerous people can never hold any water today. Her statement to the effect that “looks like we’re fighting a losing battle….we can try to educate them till our face turn blue, we can even try until we drop to make them Christian, but there is no lady who is safe in her bed these nights (Gladwell, 1),” would not only seem unfortunate but completely out of place in this time and age.
Just like a number of cases involving high flying personalities have exposed in recent time, there appear to be two type of justice in the book; justice for the rich and justice for the poor. One of the things that the rape case facing Tom Robinson reveals is that a person stands a better chance of literary getting away with any crime if only he/she can afford a high-powered advocate, which is a common phenomenon in our times if the highly-publicized case of O.J. Simpson is anything to go by. Looking at the O.J. Simpson case and Tom Robinson case in the book, one cannot fail to see the bias cutting across both cases despite the vast period between the 1930s when the book is set, and the 2000s. In fact, while the O.J. Simpson set the limit for American bias in later days, the Tom Robinson’s case can be said to be setting the same in the 1950s. It also appear as if O.J. Simpson’s attorney words “the color of justice is green (Heath, 48)” would still have held water then.
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