How to Start a Lynching

(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.

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2 thoughts on “How to Start a Lynching

    1. Phil Leigh Post author

      Once mob rule takes control, everybody in the mod loses their sense of individual responsibility. It is a great evil.

      Reply

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