Following Miss Gates' staunch defense of the German Jews who are being persecuted by Adolf Hitler, Scout questioned Atticus about her teacher's beliefs. Scout understood why Hitler's actions were wrong, and Atticus defended Miss Gates' stand. But Scout had not forgotten a conversation she had overheard on the courthouse steps between Miss Gates and Miss Stephanie Crawford. Miss Gates made some uncomplimentary remarks about black people and how
"... 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."
Scout didn't understand how her teacher could hate Hitler so much
"... and then turn around and be ugly about folks right at home--"
Scout understood the hypocrisy of the situation, even if she did not understand why an educated person like Miss Gates felt the way she did.