We are a group of students from Allen Central High School located in eastern Kentucky. Our class recently concluded To Kill a Mockingbird by performing a re-enactment of the Tom Robinson trial. We found certain aspects of the book to be particularly relevant. The book itself, set in the 1920s, displayed racism, prejudices, and discrimination.
In fact, the racism in the book directly led to the conviction and death of Tom Robinson, a man who was obviously innocent of the crime of which he was accused of. This book’s setting occurred almost 100 years ago; however, we still see racism, prejudice and discrimination in our world today.
We started to ask ourselves ‘why’? This led us into our discussion of how we could get across our message.
Martin Luther King, Jr. once said “Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” In order to combat the epidemic of hate, we believe that what our community, state, region, country and world needs is to bring LOVE back.