(October 2, 2018) The one-minute video clip below from 1962’s To Kill a Mockingbird is based on Harper Lee’s novel by the same name. It depicts the false, but persuasively emotional, testimony by a terrified young Alabama woman in the 1930s that she was raped by a black man. Author Lee’s message is unmistakeable: An emotional appeal to the prejudices of a biased audience is likely to corrupt justice. Even worse it can leave the abettors of the injustice with a erroneous belief in their own moral superiority.
Some things never change.