In chapter sixteen, the children see Dolphus Raymond sitting with the black people in the courthouse square and Jem explains that he is a notorious alcoholic, who is constantly drinking whiskey out of a Coca-Cola bottle. Jem proceeds to say that Dolphus Raymond prefers to associate with black people and mentions that he has several "mixed chillun." After Jem elaborates on Dolphus's background, he tells Scout that she has seen Dolphus's biracial children before and mentions that they are "real sad." When Scout asks Jem why Dolphus's biracial children are sad, he responds by saying,
They don’t belong anywhere. Colored folks won’t have ‘em because they’re half white; white folks won’t have ’em cause they’re colored, so they’re just in-betweens, don’t belong anywhere (Lee, 86).
Jem goes on to say that Dolphus sent two of his biracial children up North to avoid racial discrimination. The children then witness one of Dolphus's children walking with a black woman and Scout has difficulty telling that the child is biracial. Jem responds by saying,
...around here once you have a drop of Negro blood, that makes you all black (Lee, 86).
Given Maycomb's prejudiced, segregated society, which exercises and supports Jim Crow laws, Dolphus Raymond's children would experience significant obstacles and suffer racial discrimination on an everyday basis. Even though they are half white, the racist citizens would consider them black and discriminate against them. Dolphus's biracial children would be treated as second-class citizens and prohibited from occupying the same public spaces as white citizens. The biracial children would be subjected to Maycomb's racist laws and not have the opportunity to earn a public education. Their safety and freedom would also be threatened and they would have to go out of their way to avoid conflict with white citizens. The experience and fate of Tom Robinson emphasize the dangers of being black or biracial in Maycomb's racist small town. There is also the possibility that Maycomb's black community would not accept them either and they would feel alienated and lonely.