If the Maycomb woman in To Kill a Mockingbird wanted to be saintly, too, what could they do?I don't get this question, and my teacher assigned it as homework.  :(

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The well-meaning women of the Missionary Circle seemed to be far more interested in the uncivilized and un-Christian Mruna tribe in Africa than they were of the poor people who lived in Maycomb. However, the pious women were not about to give up their racist attitudes toward Negroes. Obviously, instead of pledging their support and monetary contributions to the Mrunas halfway across the world, they could have helped the poor people of Maycomb. Donations to the First Purchase Church would have helped to modernize the Negroes' house of worship, and funding could have helped other poor people like the Cunninghams. But in order to truly show a "saintly" attitude, they should have first followed the Biblical creed to "love thy neighbor as thyself." Instead of advocating love and friendship, they held a hatred and distrust for the Negroes, treating them in a second-class manner and paying them poor wages to work in their homes.

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