Atticus Finch, the much-loved fictional white lawyer who defended a black man in a town blighted by prejudice, has been portrayed as a racist in the highly anticipated second novel by Harper Lee.
In one scene in Go Set A Watchman, Finch condemns the NAACP as opportunists and troublemakers and labels blacks as too ‘backward’ to ‘share fully in the responsibilities of citizenship’.
‘Would you want your state governments run by people who don’t know how to run ’em?’ argues the man portrayed by Oscar-winner Gregory Peck in the 1962 film adaptation of Mockingbird.
‘They’ve made terrific progress in adapting themselves to white ways, but they’re far from it yet.’
This means we have to burn all copies of To Kill A Mockingbird.