The Scottsboro Boys: An American Tragedy The creator or producer of this documentary movie was good in setting the scene for the viewer. He confirmed scenes of the world and described the sounds of the practice, gravel, and tried to offer the viewer a snapshot of the perspective of the inhabitants of Northern Alabama. This takes you from the cozy environment of your property, the accessibility to transportation to the hardships of the 1930’s and the dismal state of life for blacks, particularly poor blacks. The theme of Scottsboro: An American Tragedy was that blacks had been so hated that one well-placed lie destroyed the lives of 9 younger males.
Solely one in every of these boys lived lengthy sufficient to have a household and to struggle for a pardon. The judicial system of that point was so terribly flawed (not that it isn’t now) with racism and bigotry that when info had been introduced they weren’t heard as a result of they needed the boys to be responsible. Clearing the Scottsboro Boys weren’t within the plan! The important thing gamers had been the Scottsboro Boys however historians, kin of Choose Horton, residents of the world, pictures, video clips, and newspaper articles all got here collectively to inform the historic story which pned from the 1931 to 1976.
This will have been one of the best ways to inform the story since not one of the Scottsboro Boys had been nonetheless alive when this was filmed. A number of males of Scottsboro had been interviewed and it was fascinating that they wished the incident had occurred 30 miles away (Huntsville) so the stigma that’s related to their little city would belong to a different city. Jokingly, they mentioned then they’d have been known as the Huntsville Boys and that may have been superb with us.
So from these statements, I consider that lots of the city’s residents are embarrassed of the notoriety this incident has positioned upon their little city. One facet, I discovered lacking and would have favored to recognized extra of the impact that the trials and imprisonment had on their households, particularly their siblings and moms. I, nonetheless, was most intrigued with Choose Horton and the stand he lastly took concerning the boys and the political fallout for him. The Scottsboro Boys case, the way it started, dealt with, and ended is actually scary to me.
Now that I do know extra of the small print, it jogs my memory of the current execution of Troy Davis of Georgia. In a number of methods, the 2 circumstances are related. The tragedy within the Davis case is that he did serve round 17 years and he did die for against the law that he could not have dedicated whereas the Scottsboro boys served time and had been ultimately freed and/or broke parole. As a consequence of help given them by northerners, they had been allowed to stay free so long as they stayed within the North. Ruby Bates recanted her accusations of rape and later helped the moms struggle for the sons’ launch.
Seven of the 9 that testified towards Troy Davis recanted however he exhausted all his appeals and was executed anyhow towards the variety of organizations that protested towards it. We are able to additionally return just a few months, to the place a black lady was charged extra time for jaywalking than the person that was driving drunk that hit her, her daughter, and killed her son. He was black nevertheless it because it was black on black crime, the younger mom was handled for instance. On the whole, the judicial system isn’t a buddy to the black American. That is 2011, isn’t it?
Has something actually modified? Are we going backwards? That is alleged to be a special day. We’ve a black president which, in my view, has solely given sure teams in our nation to extra overtly exhibit their racism and bigotry. Since they can not get to him, any black that runs afoul of the legislation change into enemy primary simply because the Scottsboro Boys had been the enemy of the time again in 1931. This movie was not entertaining to me in any respect nevertheless it was instructional and eye-opening in that irrespective of how a lot we wish to suppose that occasions have modified a lot remains to be the identical.
I can see in some ways how far now we have come however when you take heed to the information and see simply what’s going on round you, you possibly can nearly see the 1930’s once more. That’s the reason I used the phrase “scary” earlier in my critique to explain the Scottsboro Boys story. Concern concerning the future for the black group, myself, and extra importantly, our youngsters, has elevated and we should change into higher knowledgeable concerning the world through which we reside, the judicial system we should work inside, and the results of all of it.
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