What does "worrying another bone" in Chapter 9 mean in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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In chapter nine of To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout is speaking with Atticus.

But I was worrying another bone. Do all lawyers defend n-Negroes, Atticus?

Scout is worried about her father's reputation, even though she is young. When others accuse Atticus of being a  "nigger-lover," Scout is ready to punch them with her fist. Even though she is not quite old enough to understand, she realizes it is a negative insult.

It is brilliant that Harper Lee uses the innocence of an eight-year-old girl to ask questions that really shine the light on the prejudices found in Maycomb. Scout exposes people for what they really are--prejudiced. She understands that their prejudices are hateful and should not be allowed to exist. Scout is offended by people's prejudices. She knows that it is wrong to be prejudiced.   

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