In the 16th chapter of To Kill a Mockingbird, who is Mr. Dolphus Raymond and what are three points about him?

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Mr. Dolphus Raymond comes from a well-to-do family in Maycomb, but he is not at all a traditional citizen.  Raymond is known as a drunk because he is usually seen with a bottle in a brown paper bag.  It is all a front, however, and a way to explain his behaviors and attitudes towards blacks.  Raymond lives with and enjoys the company of blacks over the white citizens of Maycomb.  He has a black mistress and even some mixed children with her.  He fakes being an alcoholic (the bag really has Coca-Cola in it) to give people a way to explain his “odd” preferences.  The town’s people are able to explain away his behavior and fraternizing with blacks as an effect of his alcoholism.  It is also easier for Raymond than to explain his beliefs of equality and feelings of respect for blacks.  People would not understand his lifestyle, and therefore, he fakes an addiction to avoid confronting the racist views of Maycomb.  It is a sad situation when you have to hide who you are or pretend to be something you are not because of society’s views about race.

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