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The novel To Kill A Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, thoroughly explores the violent actions taken by community members against social justice and can be compared to a large number of racial events that are taking place in modern time. Lynching is an exceptionally strong act of violence that community members take in the novel, and unfortunately, certain individuals still continue to take in modern time. Such a violent act poses a warning to groups of individuals stating the racist and injustice opinions that many people still have today. The power of this racial injustice is a strong tool that many powerful individuals, often white, abuse greatly and it costs people, usually of colour, their lives. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, a strong act of violence taken by community members is shown in chapter 15. A mob of white men go to the Maycomb County jail, late the night before the court trial of Tom Robinson, with the intention to lynch him. By definition, lynching is the actions of a mob to kill an individual, usually by hanging. These members of Maycomb wished to handle the matters of the situation themselves, and end the life of Tom Robinson so that a trail would not be necessary. While the setting of this novel was dated several decades ago, unfortunately, events similar to this are still taking place in the present day. One example of such occurrences took place May 20th, 2017: Richard Collins, an African American student who attended the University of Maryland was stabbed and killed. The man that was reported to have killed Collins was a white man, and it was said he took such actions because he was “emboldened by the Trump era, in which lynching history and culture are a part of what it means to make America great again” (Thrasher 6). A lynching may be an act of violence against an individual, however, it can also pose ¬†a warning to a group. In To Kill A Mockingbird, when certain community members of Maycomb attempted to lynch Tom Robinson, they not only wanted to eliminate the necessity of the trail, they wanted to show other black citizens of Maycomb their opinion on the situation: that white and black people should not be treated equally and they should not have the same rights. Even though it is 85 years after the novel took place, society is still facing these racist warnings, as lynching is still taking place. The power of racial injustice has always been used as a weapon against people of colour. For example, in To Kill A Mockingbird, Tom Robinson’s court trial contains an all-white jury. The result of this is a guarantee that Tom would be found guilty, simply because of the racial injustice that took place in Maycomb County. Similar to an event where a black man was declared guilty of a murder, and sentenced to 30 years in jail. While he was serving his sentence and after he served his time, he maintained that he never committed the crime. The jury at his trial was also an all-white jury. (Flatow). Unfortunately, another example is the president of the United States of America; Donald Trump. In the 10 days following the presidential election and Trump winning, there were approximately 900 racist incidents that took place due to the fact that the new president had emboldened a racial hate on parts of the country. In 40 percent of those incidents, the president’s name or his campaign slogans were said. (O’Connor 14-15). Tom Robinson was found guilty at his trial. His sentence was never stated in the novel, however, soon after the trial, Tom attempted to escape the jail at which he was located at. He knew that because he was a black man, he would never be free from the case -several possibilities could have happened because his sentencing was unknown; execution, jail for life, or if he was ever released it was probable that a resident of Maycomb would kill him- all a result of the all-white jury that was constantly present. This shows how the white men of Maycomb country used both their own and Tom’s race as an excuse to declare him guilty. They used their power they had, being white men to convict an innocent man of rape. Similar to the numerous events involving Donald Trump, and him using his power and money as reasons of explanation. To Kill A Mockingbird is a remarkable example that can be used to show to make people aware of the social injustice still occurring every day in society. It is not uncommon for an individual to make a comment about the racism and issues that happened in the past and how such things can never happen again, but similar events are still taking place in modern time! For example, lynching is a horrible crime, sadly, still being committed simply because of the racial injustice that has been emboldened into certain individuals minds. Lynching is obviously not the only action of racial hate shown, however, regardless of the act, more often than not, individuals use their race, which is almost always white, their power and their position as reasoning and explanation for their acts of injustice and hate. Works Cited Flatow, Nicole. “Black Man Sentenced To Death By All-White Jury Freed After 30 Years.” Think Progress, 12 Mar. 2014, https://thinkprogress.org/black-man-sentenced-to-death-by-all-white-jury-freed-after-30-years-206735191aa9/. Accessed 8 Jan. 2018.O’Connor, Lydia. “Trump Condemned Racism As ‘Evil.’ Here Are 18 Times He Embraced It.” HuffPost, 24 Aug. 2017, www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/trump-racism-examples_us_5991dcabe4b09071f69b9261. Accessed 8 Jan. 2018.Thrasher, Steven. “The terror of lynching haunts black Americans again.” The Guardian, 24 May 2017, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/may/24/lynching-threats-mississippi-racism-richard-collins. Accessed 8 Jan. 2018.https://www.google.ca/search?q=what+is+a+lycnhing=1C1CHBF_enCA725CA727=what+is+a+lycnhing+=chrome.69i57j0l5.3343j0j7=chrome=UTF-8=active=on. ¬†Accessed 8 Jan. 2018.

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