“I don’t know but they did it. They’ve done it before and they did it tonight and they’ll do it again and when they do it—seem that only children weep.” Pg. 285 Ch. 22
This is what Atticus says to Jem when he is upset that Tom Robinson is found ‘guilty’. Jem asks “how could they do it, how could they?” The quote above was Atticus’ response. Even after there was so much clear evidence that Tom Robinson is innocent, the jury still picked the dirty white man over the black man. Why is this? It is the fact that Tom is black and Bob is white. There was clear evidence that Tom is innocent however, just because the color of his skin people thinks he automatically is bad and the white man is the innocent nice one.
What Atticus was trying to says is all the adults don’t care for equality; the only people that care are the children. Children seem to be the only ones that accept everyone. They never care how the person looks like on the outside. All that matters to kids are that the person is nice on the inside. This is something that adults should take from children. Back then in the Maycomb city blacks were treated differently because of the color of their skin. Everyone in that jury knew that the evidence that Atticus said to keep Tom innocent was true. However, nobody had the guts to stand up and say that a black man was correct. Once the verdict was decided and Tom was proven ‘guilty’ all the adults went along with their lives. However, you could see that Jem, Dill and Scout, the children, were the ones who were saddened for Tom. Dill and Jem even teared up. The reason why the children are the sad ones is because they are simply not judging Tom for what he looks like. They know that Tom is a good man no matter the way he looks. On the other hand, the adults had no intentions of picking a black man over a white man.
This lesson can connect to the real world today as well. Most adults and parents you see don’t have a care in the world for someone who is homeless. A lot of times you see parents rushing their child over to the inside of the grocery store so the child won’t talk to the homeless man outside. This is nonsense. A lot of the times homeless people can be caring and respectful. Children would go along and play with them since they would not know the difference. Children are too focused on having fun with the caring people. They don’t care how the person looks. This is just one example of many where the adult will stay away from the ‘weirdos’ whereas the children will run up to them and play.
Here, you can this man, half covered in tattoos, half in a suit. On the left side of him he would probably be judged more just because of the way he looks and his tattoos. Whereas if he was dressed up fully like how he is dressed on the right a lot more people would probably think he is more approachable and kind. There are so many ways you can judge a book by its cover. Adults do this way more than children do. It is simply for one reason. children do not care how someone looks they accept the person if he or she is nice and kind to them rather than just judging them on their looks.
A lot of people know the story of Beauty and the beast. This is just another example of why you should never judge a book by its cover.
This is just a funny picture i stumbled upon and it falls perfectly to why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and the quote that Atticus says to Jem.