What are some quotes for To Kill a Mockingbird on racism?I need at least five of them if anyone can help(:

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RACISM AS A JOKE.  Miss Stephanie makes an incredibly untasteful joke on the night of the children's visit to the Radley house which left Jem without his pants.

"(Mr. Radley) Shot in the air. Scared him pale, though. Says if anyone sees a white nigger around, that's the one."  (Chapter 6)

FROM THE MOUTH OF FRANCIS.  Cousin Francis always did his best to irritate Scout, but he really got to the heart of the matter when he repeated what his grandmother, Alexandra, had told him.

"I guess it ain't your fault if Uncle Atticus is a nigger-lover besides, but I'm here to tell you it certainly does mortify the rest of the family."  (Chapter 9)

BOB EWELL.  The most evil man in the novel, Ewell hated the black man because he knew his own status in Maycomb was little better than the Negroes.

He stood up and pointed his finger at Tom Robinson. "--I seen that black nigger yonder ruttin' on my Mayella!"  (Chapter 17)

THE PROSECUTOR.  Mr. Gilmer didn't bother to hide his racist view when he questioned Tom on the witness stand.

"Were you so scared that she'd hurt you, you ran, a big buck like you?... Are you being impudent to me, boy?"  (Chapter 19)

THE TEACHER.  Miss Gates proved to be two-faced, despite her support of the Jews in Germany. Scout remembered a conversation she had overheard on the courthouse steps.

"I heard her say it's time somebody taught 'em a lesson, they were gettin' way above themselves, an' the next thing they think they can do is marry us."  (Chapter 26)

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