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by Harper Lee

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What are some quotes on racism, prejudice, and intolerance throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird?

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There are many quotations in To Kill a Mockingbird that illustrate racism, prejudice, and intolerance. The fact that there are so many of them gives you some idea of the prevailing social attitudes of the time. However, let's start off with a quotation that highlights an unusual example of prejudice in the story. In Chapter 12, Atticus is out of town on state legislature business, so Calpurnia takes Scout and Jem to her local church, one with an exclusively African-American congregation. The kids stick out like the proverbial sore thumbs, but they receive a warm welcome from the folks at the church. All except Lula, who thinks that Calpurnia has no business bringing white kids to a black church:

Lula stopped, but she said, "You ain't got no business bringin' white chillun here—they got their church, we got our'n. It is our church, ain't it, Miss Cal?"

As well as racial prejudice, there's an awful lot of social snobbery in Maycomb, much of it emanating from Aunt Alexandra. She's obsessed with...

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