In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus states, "Our courts are the great levelers, and in our courts all men are created equal."How do I challenge that statement?

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Atticus has tremendous faith in the judicial system, and in a perfect (American) world, his statement would hold true. However, many jurors do not totally enter a courtroom free from bias or personal opinions. Certainly, the all-white jury in the Tom Robinson trial was unable to see the facts of the case without considering Tom's skin color; had they overlooked the fact that he was a black man, as Atticus begged the jurors, a different outcome would have occurred. Juries today are far less likely to be as one-sided as the jury in To Kill a Mockingbird; they include men and women of all races and ethnic groups. However, personal beliefs and preconceptions are still likely culprits in keeping juries from making courts the "great levelers" that Atticus faithfully maintains.

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