How does Atticus quietly protest Jim Crow laws even before Tom Robinson's trial?

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kimfuji | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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Atticus is well known by the black people. They believe that he sees them as equal and that he will judge Robinson fairly. He has a reputation for being fair; his father was also a fair man. Atticus protests Jim Crow laws by reminding people that a man is not guilty until proven so in a court of law. The town people already want to declare Robinson's guilt even though they know no facts, only hearsay. Atticus refuses to believe until all the facts are in.

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Atticus Finch was a fair, upstanding citizen.  He always saw the good in people and did not discriminate against Blacks or the poor.  He always taught his children to love everybody and accept differences in people.  He understands racial injustices; his father was a lawyer and was also a fair main.  He learned these ways from his father.  Atticus was already respected and loved by the people of the town, and it didn't matter what race or economic status.  This is evident because the black people in the town were confident that he would do right by Tom Robinson. 

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