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    I am the last one to come here to stir up

    Hello.

    I don't understand the meaning of the bold parts.

    Clarence Darrow "I believe in the Law of Love"

    Now, gentlemen, just one more word, and I am through with this case. I do not live in Detroit. But I have no feeling against this city. In fact, I shall always have the kindest remembrance of it, especially if this case results as I think and feel that it will. I am the last one to come here to stir up race hatred, or any other hatred. I do not believe in the law of hate. I may not be true to my ideals always, but I believe in the law of love, and I believe you can do nothing with hatred. I would like to see a time when man loves his fellow man, and forgets his color or his creed. We will never be civilized until that time comes.


    I know the Negro race has a long road to go. I believe the life of the Negro race has been a life of tragedy, of injustice, of oppression. The law has made him equal, but man has not. And, after all, the last analysis is, what has man done?--and not what has the law done? I know there is a long road ahead of him, before he can take the place which I believe he should take. I know that before him there is suffering, sorrow, tribulation and death among the blacks, and perhaps the whites. I am sorry. I would do what I could to avert it. I would advise patience; I would advise toleration; I would advise understanding; I would advise all of those things which are necessary for men who live together.


    Gentlemen, what do you think is your duty in this case? I have watched, day after day, these black, tense faces that have crowded this court. These black faces that now are looking to you twelve whites, feeling that the hopes and fears of a race are in your keeping.


    This case is about to end, gentlemen. To them, it is life. Not one of their color sits on this jury. Their fate is in the hands of twelve whites. Their eyes are fixed on you, their hearts go out to you, and their hopes hang on your verdict.


    This is all. I ask you, on behalf of this defendant, on behalf of these helpless ones who turn to you, and more than that, -on behalf of this great state, and this great city which must face this problem, and face it fairly, - I ask you, in the name of progress and of the human race, to return a verdict of not guilty in this case.

    Sorry for such a huge text, but I think it will be helpful to answer on my question.

    Boris.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: I am the last one to come here to stir up

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Hello.

    I don't understand the meaning of the bold parts.

    Clarence Darrow "I believe in the Law of Love"

    Now, gentlemen, just one more word, and I am through (I am done. I am finished. The case is over. There is nothing left) with this case. I do not live in Detroit. But I have no feeling against this city. In fact, I shall always have the kindest remembrance of it, especially if this case results as I think and feel that it will. I am the last one to come here to stir up race hatred (I did not come here to cause problems among the races, white and black), or any other hatred (I did not come here to bring up any type of problems). I do not believe in the law of hate (I feel that it is wrong to hate). I may not be true to my ideals always (Sometimes I do not do what I believe I should do (I do not always act according to what I think is right)), but I believe in the law of love (I do believe that it is good to love. This love is not the romantic love but is a sense of fairness to all people), and I believe you can do nothing with hatred. I would like to see a time when man loves his fellow man, and forgets his color or his creed. We will never be civilized until that time comes.


    I know the Negro race has a long road to go. I believe the life of the Negro race has been a life of tragedy, of injustice, of oppression. The law has made him equal, but man has not. And, after all, the last analysis is, what has man done?--and not what has the law done? I know there is a long road ahead of him, before he can take the place which I believe he should take. I know that before him there is suffering, sorrow, tribulation and death among the blacks, and perhaps the whites. I am sorry. I would do what I could to avert it. I would advise patience; I would advise toleration; I would advise understanding; I would advise all of those things which are necessary for men who live together.


    Gentlemen, what do you think is your duty in this case? I have watched, day after day, these black, tense faces that have crowded this court. These black faces that now are looking to you twelve whites, feeling that the hopes and fears of a race are in your keeping.


    This case is about to end, gentlemen. To them, it is life. Not one of their color sits on this jury. Their fate is in the hands of twelve whites. Their eyes are fixed on you, their hearts go out to you (They care about what you do and they hope that you will be just and fair), and their hopes hang on your verdict.


    This is all. I ask you, on behalf of this defendant, on behalf of these helpless ones who turn to you, and more than that (Also, or, in addition), -on behalf of this great state, and this great city which must face this problem, and face it fairly, - I ask you, in the name of progress and of the human race, to return a verdict of not guilty in this case.

    Sorry for such a huge text, but I think it will be helpful to answer on my questions.

    Boris.
    Gil

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