West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church

Was Atticus Finch a Racist?

October 4, 2015

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by Reverend Kathleen Rolenz

When Harper Lee’s new novel, “Go Set a Watchman” was released, it unleashed a storm of controversy because the beloved protagonist, Atticus Finch was revealed as a racist. The theme for the month of September is “What can I be whole-hearted about?” which begs the question, “can I be whole-hearted about letting go of beloved icons to enable a more clear-eyed and realistic understand of the complexities of race and racism in the 21st century? The Free Spirit Band will join us to play Bob Dylan’s enigmatic song “Along the Watchtower.” Fire drill to follow the service.


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