What are three quotations from To Kill a Mockingbird that describe Scout understanding racism (and include chapters and pages)?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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I'm not completely sure that Scout totally understood the racist attitudes that pervaded Maycomb. At one point, when Dill is crying after Mr. Gilmer's harsh cross-examination of Tom Robinson, Scout tells him,

"Well, Dill, after all he's just a Negro."

Jem seems to grasp the injustice that has befallen Tom much more than his sister. Nevertheless, there are several examples of Scout's sensitivity toward the black man. During her meeting with Dolphus Raymond, she tells him that

   "Atticus says cheatin' a colored man is ten times worse than cheatin' a white man," I muttered. "Says it's the worst thing you can do."  (Chapter 20)

During her visit to Calpurnia's church, Scout gets to see a different side of Maycomb. Lula, a large black woman, questions Cal about the Finch children's presence, telling her that the white children did not belong there.

Jem said, "Let's go home, Cal. They don't want us here--"
I agreed: they did not want us here.  (Chapter 12)

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mrs-nelson | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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Scout also begins to understand racism in Chapter 26 when she participates in a lesson in school about Adolf Hitler.  Her teacher states:

"That's the difference between America and Germany.  We are a democracy and Germany is a dictatorship. Over here we don't believe in persecuting anybody.  Persecution comes from people who are prejudiced" (258)

Scout later questions Atticus and Jem about the obvious hypocrisy in this statement.  She wants to understand why prejudice is not acceptable against the Jewish people in Germany, but it is perfectly acceptable against the African American people in Maycomb.

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danielle824 | Student | eNotes Newbie

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I know one here it is:

“I think there’s just one kind of folks.

Folks.”- Scout Finch Chapter 23

I like it because it shows that she thinks that, if we try hard enough, we could all get along.


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