How does Tom Robinson get treated before the trial in To Kill a Mockingbird?
Tom Robinson is a respected individual throughout his community and comes from a good family. Link Deas even mentions that he has never had any trouble from Tom Robinson in the eight years he's worked for him. However, once Tom Robinson is accused of assaulting and raping Mayella Ewell, the citizens of Maycomb treat him like an outcast. In Chapter 12, Calpurnia takes the children to First Purchase African M.E. and Reverend Sykes takes up a second offering for Tom's family. When Scout asks why they were collecting money for Mrs. Robinson, Reverend Sykes tells her that Helen cannot find any work and she needs the money to take care of their children. The citizens of Maycomb realize that Tom is essentially guilty before he is even tried. A black man's word against the testimony of a white person is futile. No one, except Link Deas, is willing associate with the Robinson family. Therefore, Tom is treated as a guilty man and the citizens neglect him before the trial even begins.