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Tom Robinson was an honest, trustworthy, loyal friend to me. Tom has never meant to hurt anybody, let alone a young woman. He was a respectful person and a good neighbor. He was always there to assist those in need. He could be standing with us today, carrying on his own like the good man he was. It was very clear to the citizens of Maycomb that Tom was an innocent man that was falsely accused by Mayella. They did not need solid proof because apparently his skin color was enough to get him in trouble.

He was a respected member of the community who could inspire anybody to be kind to their neighbors. All of the events that happened to Tom Robinson leads us to believe that it is now punishable to assist a helpless girl. Tom would want us to have respectful behavior towards those who wrongly accused him despite the injustice that has taken place here. I grew up with Tom and have been through so much with him but I will never be as levelheaded as Tom was. Tom had a wife and child to support but that was not taken into consideration when the first strike he had in court was his skin color.

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Those of us who knew Tom well enough to know he would never commit a crime like he was accused of, will think fondly of him and appreciate the time we spent with Tom Robinson and be merry that he is in a less judgmental place, where he will be happier and we will mourn and be happy for him. Think fondly of those who put an effort forth to defend Tom Robinson and believed that this man’s side of the story mattered and that his claims were not invalidated by his skin color.

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