I dedicate these lines to my family and friends.
I’m fine thank god. I have peace and hope. I never thought that my departure from the post of Secretary of the Interior, in a scenario like this, was the reason for the barrage of recognition and support that I have experienced in the last few hours. Nor did I imagine that it would cause so much pain and outrage even in people I have not had the pleasure of meeting.
When I accepted the responsibility of serving as head of government, I always saw it as a sacrifice. The injustices of the political tirade and public service were not alien to me. But my passion to help my people, my neighbor, made it worthwhile. God and the governor gave me that great opportunity, I bravely undertook the task. It is known that my style differs from the traditional. My values and principles do not lie dull in my head, my actions reflect them like a pristine mirror. Like nobody, I’m not perfect either. But for my high level of righteousness to stand out amid this maelstrom, I must have done something good.
Now, the large print in my agreement warned of these dire possibilities. I was ready. I went out because I don’t want anyone else to suffer from the thrust. My regret is that my family has to suffer such public embarrassment for undeserved implications. I apologize to them for the tears, the sleepless nights, the despair and the slander.
The title of this column is allusive to the novel titled To Kill a Mockingbird. This work published in 1960 and written by Harper Lee won the Pullitzer Prize. In addition, it served as the basis to expose in 1962 one of my favorite films that bears the same title, being worthy of several awards, in short, a classic of American cinema. For me, a treasure, and today I live it in my own flesh.
This story, told by a six-year-old girl named Scout Finch, dates back to 1936 in Alabama. Scout’s father was a prominent lawyer by the name of Atticus, who emerges as a hero of the moral and integrity that must permeate our society. The plot emerges when, amid a tradition of racial discrimination, Atticus agrees to portray an African-American man (Tom Robinson) falsely accused of abusing a young woman. After Tom’s acquittal, the real culprit (Bob Ewell) wanted revenge by attacking Atticus’s eldest son (Jem) with a knife. So the innocent character Boo Radley came to the rescue, resulting in Bob’s death. Commissioner Tate arrives on the scene and, noticing the involvement of a wicked person like Boo, concludes that Bob had stabbed himself. Atticus, who imagined the guilt his son could carry, had to agree with the commissioner. Who would have the moral stature to misjudge them? That is called Justice.
This narrative ties in with the title as an analogy. One Christmas Atticus gives pellet rifles to his children. Before going hunting with his uncle, Atticus warns them that they can hunt freely, except for calenders (mockingbirds), because it was considered a sin to kill this bird. A neighbor explained to them that they were innocent, they did not intentionally harm anyone and, on the contrary, they delighted with beautiful melodies. The young Scout inferred that people like Tom Robinson and Boo Radley were mockingbirds, because they have an inner goodness that deserves to be shared.
Personally, my “sin” was to be gentle, to respond only once to someone who was seeking me (without knowing their profession) and to find a kind way to tell them that I could not address their concern. To complete, I did it late, when it would not have the slightest effect. If to receive justice I have to change the courteous way in which I treat others, I prefer to hug and kiss the chains. I know it’s not personal. It is for greater interests. But they have tried to kill a mockingbird. The most outrageous thing is that this happens daily against vulnerable beings. Still, my heart has no room for resentment. Every time I understand and admire more the figure of the protagonist, the upright lawyer, Atticus Finch. That is the lawyer that we lawyers should aspire to become. Later I will tell you about the phoenix.
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