In the film, the Whites, who have the tendency to abuse the blacks racially, are the dominant group and blacks play the minority role in the Canton set film. The Whites perpetuate white supremacy by degrading and unequal treatment of the Blacks as evidenced by the scene where a black shopkeeper is insulted on the account of being black and associated with poverty. Discrimination falls in the socio-economic domain. Blacks do not have proper avenues of seeking remedies for the injustices meted on them by the Whites. This is thought so and used in the defense of Carl Lee for the murder of his daughter’s rapists fearing that the legal system would offer no justice.
Even the legal system is evidently racist as it denies the request to relocate the hearing; a question raised so as Blacks could sit in the jury to enhance the prospects of a fair trial. When a White lawyer, Jake, takes up the defense of Carl, violence is meted on him by the white supremacy group known as Ku Klux Klan (KKK) who burn his house and even try to blow up the house in a bid to kill him. Jakes is compelled to relocate his family for safety. He is determined to see the case to its conclusion and hopes that the legal system is not that bad and justice can still be served irrespective of the prejudice against Blacks. Jakes maintains that ‘Justice is and will be color blind’.
The response of Blacks to racial prejudice is perseverance and vindictiveness. This informs the killing of the rapists as Carl is nearly certain that the rape of his daughter will go unmitigated. Fortunately, his white lawyer’s argument gets him out of jail.
The strength of the racist derives from the fact that the law is reluctant to punish their actions. Secondly, they seem united in racial prejudice and nearly everyone sees nothing wrong with it- they have the same mind set. Power relations determine strength of whites. The jury exercises the onus to decide Carl’s fate. The KKK’s