Are Atticus, Jem and Scout black people?

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Atticus, Jem and Scout are most certainly white, but they represent the individuals closest to the boundary between the black and white communities in Maycomb (except perhaps Dolphus Raymond). Atticus is content to defend any man against injustice and accepts his cases on need and merit, not colour. He extols his egalitarian values to his children, Jem and Scout, and strives to teach them to consider each individual in terms of character rather than colour. It would be interesting to consider how different the story would be if these main characters were indeed black. Of course Atticus would not be a recognised legal representative, and the children's perceptions on the ways of society at the time may be tinged with more fear and trepidation than the real Scout and Jem show.

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Rizelle, I do believe you need to read at least the first chapter of To Kill A Mockingbird to find the answer to this one. One of the main characters of the novel, Tom Robinson, is black, and his rape trial becomes the main focus of the middle portion of the book. Atticus Finch serves as Tom's defense attorney, and he earns a place of honor and respect in the hearts of Maycomb's black citizenry. Calpurnia, Atticus's maid, is also black, and she serves as a second mother to Jem and Scout.

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