Atticus Finch is a RACIST!

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.

h/t JEH

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Those statements are not racist. They are true. Just look at the large number of black New York politicians who have been convicted of felonies in the last ten years.

  • Exile1981

    I’ll have to find a copy of the sequel before amazon stops selling it.

  • Brett_McS

    It’s not a sequel, it’s essentially a first draft of To Kill a Mockingbird that was never published. If anything, a prequel. The Spectator podcast had a show on it (Harper Lee was a big fan of the Spectator).

    • Jade

      I heard the same thing.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Precisely. The manuscript for “Go Set A Watchman” was turned down by the eventual publisher of TKAM. The publisher suggested to Harper Lee that she expand upon “flashbacks” contained “Go Set A Watchman”. Lee followed that advice and TKAM was the result. I do not have particularly high expectations of “Go Set A Watchman” myself, but I always found TKAM to be over-rated as a work of literature.

  • Dana Garcia

    So we are supposed to be disappointed in the behavior of a fictional character??


    • eMan14

      Then there will a movement to send the fictional character for diversity and sensitivity training. It never ends…

  • Rosenmops

    Harper Lee is still alive and writing novels? She must be 100 years old.

    • Brett_McS

      She is in an old-fokes home in Florida. She never wrote anything other than TKAM, except for letters and this un-published ‘prequel’. She also refuses all interviews. The guy from the Spectator wrote to her about an interview and said that eight months later he got a beautifully written response rejecting his request in the most charming way possible.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        That’s why she started the Gorillaz instead.

  • David Murrell

    This means the corporate broadcast media will ban TKAM from the airwaves, just like the have banned “Exodus”.