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Harper Lee Shows Atticus Finch’s Racist Side in Go Set a Watchman, the Internet Reacts

Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch
Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in the 1962 film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird. 

Say it isn't so! Atticus Finch, the hero of Harper Lee's classic 1960s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, has some disturbing character traits in the author's highly anticipated follow-up, Go Set a Watchman

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The southern lawyer, who defended a black man in a rape trial in the original, quickly became a hero and role model to many who read the beloved novel. But in Go Set a Watchman, which is set several decades later, a 26-year-old Scout (now Jean Louise) returns home to Alabama and has to deal with the realization that her father and boyfriend are racists. 

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Atticus attends a Klan meeting and fights against segregation. He is quoted as saying, "The Negroes down here are still in their childhood as a people."

At one point he even asks his daughter, "Do you want Negroes by the carload in our schools and churches and theaters? Do you want them in our world?"

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Naturally, fans of the original, and Atticus by extension, took to Twitter to express both their dismay and their apathy at the new character development. 

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