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Revisted

If Tom Robinson should be retried,
With the "Mockingbird" updated,
Would old prejudices have died?

Would a black man still be hated,
Be condemned for another's sin,
With the "Mockingbird" updated?

For the mere colour of his skin,
Would he, if a white girl yelled "Rape!"
Be condemned for another's sin,

Treated like some marauding ape,
Despite the lack of evidence,
Would he, if a white girl yelled "Rape!"

Be convicted of the offence,
Without any proof of the act,
Despite the lack of evidence,

With distortion of any fact,
Without any proof of the act -
If Tom Robinson should be retried,
Would old prejudices have died?

"To Kill A Mockingbird" (H. Lee) is fiction, and perhaps the "courtroom drama" is exaggerated, but I'd say the general attitude is quite believable.  Today, of course, there are still examples of black people being killed out of hand.












Copyright © Beth Evans

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