Harper Lee’s “Mockingbird” and racism

So the beloved Atticus Finch was actually a racist? The saintly small-town attorney of “To Kill a Mockingbird” was really a member of a local White Citizens’ Council, that network of retrograde organizations dedicated to white supremacy? The publication of Harper Lee’s “Go Set A Watchman” has produced waves of anguish and despair among her […]

For Fourth, let’s admit original sin: slavery

The Confederate markers continue to tumble — flags, statues, monuments. After Dylann Roof associated his alleged atrocity with the Confederacy, politicians fell over themselves getting away from its symbols. While a few supporters of the Old Dixie are resolute, most leading public figures want nothing to do with commemorations of the Lost Cause. Indeed, once […]