How are Atticus's teachings on racism significant to the story in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Atticus’s teachings to his children support the theme that everyone deserves equal treatment, regardless of race.

Atticus’s view of race is quite different from the rest of Maycomb.  He treats Calpurnia with respect, even though she is his employee.  He lets her raise his children, and makes sure they are obedient to her.  Race has nothing to do with it. 

When Atticus defends Tom Robinson, he is sending a message to his children.  It is the same message Lee is trying to impart to the reader.  Everyone deserves a chance, regardless of race, and it is our responsibility to make change.  Change does not come from society suddenly coming to its senses.  It comes from each person’s decisions. 

To his children, Atticus defends his representation of Tom Robinson, despite the fact...

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