Other than defending Tom Robinson, what are some specific examples proving that Atticus Finch isn't racist in To Kill a Mockingbird?I'm looking for a few more examples I can use in my essay about...

Other than defending Tom Robinson, what are some specific examples proving that Atticus Finch isn't racist in To Kill a Mockingbird?

I'm looking for a few more examples I can use in my essay about Atticus Finch being tolerant.

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Atticus and Calpurnia enjoy more than just a typical employer/housekeeper relationship. She worked for his father before joining Atticus and his wife in Maycomb, and she became the adult female presence in the household following Atticus's wife's death. Atticus gave Calpurnia free rein in bringing up the children, and he seems happy with the results. He assures his sister, Alexandra, that Calpurnia is

"... a faithful member of this family...
"... and another thing, the children love her."

Atticus demands that Scout stop using the "N" word, telling her that it is "common"; he does not use it himself. When Scout asks her father if he is a "nigger-lover," Atticus tells her that

"... I certainly am. I do my best to love everybody."

Atticus believes

"... cheatin' a colored man is ten times worse than cheatin' a white man... Says it's the worst thing you can do..."

and that any white man who will 'take advantage of a Negro's ignorance" is "sickening." He claims that it is "an evil assumption" that all Negroes are immoral, untrustworthy liars.

The Negro population of Maycomb certainly admires Atticus, rising in unison to honor him as he leads the courtroom following the trial and rewarding him with home-cooked foods the next day.

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