The Scottsboro Trials And African Americans Essay

1360 Words Jan 8th, 2016 6 Pages
Discrimination was seen everywhere throughout history, even after laws made it that everyone was equal. In the early 1900s, it was common for African Americans to be treated unfairly. Many were falsely accused of rape, found guilty during the trials and were hanged. African Americans were often seen as easy targets, and one case was the Scottsboro Trials. Nine African American teenage boys were on a train to Chattanooga, and they got into trouble with some white boys, who then involved the police. Two women, Victoria Price and Ruby Bates, were also riding the train in disguise and did not want to get in trouble, so they made up a lie that the nine boys raped them. This trial lasted a while and the rest of the boys’ teen years were spent in jail. In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, there was a similar trial where a twenty-four year old African American man, Tom Robinson, was wrongly accused of raping a destitute nineteen year old girl, Mayella Ewell. He was found guilty by the jury and killed. In both of these events, the men were falsely accused. It makes readers question why it was common and easy for African American men to be accused of rape during this time period. Throughout the Scottsboro Trials and To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, it can be seen that African Americans were treated unfairly in many ways due to social standings, segregation and unfair practices (Scottsboro Timeline).
Social standing played a great role when it came to how people treated African…

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