“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals. ” (Martin Luther King,Jr. ) This famous quote from Martin Luther King, JR. talks about the step towards justice that every human should receive, no matter what the color of their skin is. But, you can ask yourself: what is justice? There are many different definitions for justice and it has become used so loosely in today’s world.
Justice is often used interchangeably with the word “fairness. ” In any type of situation whether it be in the classroom, at work, or in the courtroom, we want to be treated fairly and not judged by the color of our skin. Justice is a concept of moral rightness based on ethics, rationality, law, religion, and fairness, as well as the administration of the law, the right of all people to equal protection before the law of their civil rights, without discrimination on the basis of race, gender, color, ethnicity, religion, disability, age or other characteristics.
In the case of Tom Robinson in How to Kill a Mockingbird he did not receive justice. Tom robinson was accused of physically and sexually assaulting a young woman, Miss Mayella Ewell. Atticus Finch (Tom Robinson’s lawyer) during the trail pointed out a few things that were evident and proved that Mr. Robinson’s innocence. Miss Ewell claims that Tom Robinson came into her house and suddenly jumped on her and attacked her, grabbed her by the throat, punched her right eye and raped her.
Mr. Finch of course did not believe a word by Miss Mayella or the two witnesses, who were her father Mr. Bob Ewell and sheriff of the county Mr. Heck Tate, of whom Atticus clammed that their “evidence had not only been called into serious question on cross examination, but has been flatly contradicted by the defendant. Now there is circumstantial evince to indicate that Mayella Ewell was beaten savagely by someone who led, almost exclusively, with his left.
And Tom Robinson now sits before you, having taken ” The Oath” with the only good hand he possesses– his right. ” Mr. Finch wad indeed correct- Tom Robinson had lost all use of his left arm since he was a young boy when he got it caught stuck in a cotton gin. Now the only good hand he possesses is his right hand, which makes it very impossible for him to be able to wrap both of his hands around the women’s neck. Mr. Ewell and Mr. Tate clammed different things about the state of Mayella after the incident as well as the order of which the incident took place.