What are some racism quotes from To Kill A Mockingbird Chapter 1?

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There are no overt racism quotes in chapter one of To Kill A Mockingbird. The first chapter does not go into the trial of Tom Robinson or the general racism of Maycomb. What it does instead is introduce the Finches, where they are from and what they are like. It also introduces the children: Dill and Jem. More specifically, the first chapter introduces the mystery of Boo Radley. 

If you really wanted to find quotes on racism, you will have to stretch things. Here are a few possibilities. 

First, Scout mentions that the people of Maycomb are Southerners and they want to trace their lineage back to England (the Battle of Hastings, no less). This suggests that lineage matters. There is an elitism that might hurt people.

Being Southerners, it was a source of shame to some members of the family that we had no recorded ancestors on either side of the Battle of Hastings.

Second, when Calpurnia is introduced, she is introduced as the housekeeper. However, no mention of her color is mentioned. But later it is clear that she is black and the servant of the Finches. This can be seen as a stereotype. Racism? Perhaps. You will have to wait until the novel develops to see racism. 


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