In To Kill a Mockingbird, which aspect of Mr. Raymond do the children find out is false?

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Dolphus Raymond is an interesting character in Maycomb. He is a white man who prefers the company of African-American people, like his mistress and biracial children. He also acts like he's drunk all the time. At the beginning of Chapter 20, he offers Dill a drink from his brown paper sack, which everyone believes is hiding liquor of some sort. Scout believes that Mr. Raymond enjoys corrupting children by offering them liquor. However, when Dill takes a drink, he realizes that Mr. Raymond is only drinking Coca-Cola. Scout asks Mr. Raymond why he likes to fool people into thinking he's always drunk. Mr. Raymond responds that people in the town don't like the way he lives, by which he is referring to the his friendship and association with African-American people. He says he drinks because "I try to give ‘em a reason, you see. It helps folks if they can latch onto a reason." He drinks so that people will think he lives the way he does because he's a drunkard. He think it's easier for people to think that's why he lives as he does than to wrap their racist minds around the idea that he prefers to live with African-Americans. He tells Dill and Scout the truth because he says that children can understand his ways while adults simply can't. 

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