What is ironic about the tea scene in To Kill a Mockingbird? How is this scene similar to the classroom scene in which Miss Gates discusses Hitler's treatment of the Jews?

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When the women meet for tea to discuss the fate of the African tribe they are pledged to try to save, they discuss at length Christian values and principles, and they often "tsk, tsk" at the fate of these poor people.  Ironically, the very Christian values and principles they believe they are upholding are nowhere to be seen in Maycomb when an African-American is involved.  Additonal irony is found when Scout's teacher discusses with the class the terrible prejudice and treatment of Jews in Europe at the hands of Adolf Hitler.  Scout later overhears this same teacher make hateful and prejudicial comments about the African-Americans, including a reference to the need to "keep them in their place." 

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