Can you give me three examples in To Kill a Mockingbird that express the theme "People often fear what they don't understand"?

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BOO RADLEY.  Boo Radley is probably the best example of a man being unfairly targeted because of Maycomb's fear of the unknown. Boo's problems with the law as a teenager have resulted in his self-imposed exile within the Radley House, and 

"Any stealthy small crimes committed in Maycomb were his work.

Because Boo refuses to come out of his house during the daylight hours, the townspeople fear him, giving him a cruel nickname and spreading rumors that make him out to be an animal killer, a poisoner of pecans and a peeping tom.

TOM ROBINSON.  The charges against Tom have resulted in the people of Maycomb fearing both him and other God-fearing, humble Negroes in the town. The white people believe that other black men will

"... go loose and rape up the countryside..."

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.  There are many references to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal political programs, which are radical in concept in the eyes of the highly conservative Deep South. The WPA, the National Recovery Act and even First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt's civil rights initiatives are scorned because of the people's lack of understanding.

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