Our thanks to Groan for this. He writes:
This is interesting. To Kill a Mockingbird was a book I “did” at school. Of course the main theme is the racism of the deep south. However this is told through the story of Tom Robinson who is accused of rape, is convicted despite the defense by Atticus Finch and is shot dead escaping from prison. This reflects the fact that both legal and extra legal accusations of sexual assault or rape were the commonist justifications of the lynchings in the “Jim Crow” era.
The case is lost despite the evidence of the absolute unreliability of the complainant. It is in fact a morality tale of of “believe” where the word of a woman was indeed enough to gain a conviction, or be beaten or lynched. Black men simply being assumed to be lascivious and threatening. Yet the basic premise, men are inherently lascivious and threatening, is the same reasoning to remove safeguards of a fair trial, investigation by police or even considering texts or social media messages to achieve the position as in the novel, and in hundreds of cases, where the woman’s accusation is believed as absolutely. Occasionally even feminists notice the difficult parallels. And the book stopped being quite so popular with the PC brigade.
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