Gems 6.104

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

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“If you had been on that jury, son, and eleven other boys like you, Tom would be a free man,” said Atticus. “So far nothing in your life has interfered with your reasoning process. Those are twelve reasonable men in everyday life, Tom’s jury, but you saw something come between them and reason. You saw the same thing that night in front of the jail. When that crew went away, they didn’t go as reasonable men, they went because we were there. There’s something in our world that makes men lose their heads – they couldn’t be fair if they tried. In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins. They’re ugly, but those are the facts of life.”

‘‘Doesn’t make it right,” said Jem stolidly. He beat his fist softly on his knee. “You can’t just convict a man on evidence like that – you can’t.”

“You couldn’t, but they could and did. The older you grow the more of it you’ll see. The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be he any color of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box. As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it – whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash.”

-Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (Atticus to Jem).

Have a great weekend.  Happy (belated) Canada Day (sorry to our Canadian readers to be late with this).  Happy 4th of July to all celebrating.

♥.

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