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Monday, May 2, 2011

Quit Killing.... VERBALLY ---- My MOCKINGBIRD Obama

My grandson of 16 must have required reading.... and he left his paperback copy of  To Kill A Mockingbird (released back in 1960.... in my jeep last week.  I opened it to the middle and Scout's voice pulled me into reading it to the end.  Because it is narrated by young Scout, we are able to grow up and come to an understanding about the world in the same way that she does, creating order from the chaos of her everyday life.

A weekend trip to Texas.... prior week....

they was 'killin my Obama with BIRTHER words over his live certificate..... hmmmp!   So he produced it.  My inner anger boild such that if I get on the elevator or step a curb.... my nature is excuse me... hello.  And do you know half of the Oklahoma peck-a-woods won't say a word..... at all!!!   Well excuse the hell out of me.   Jesus keep me near the cross.

Ok cool it Bev... let that antidepressant work.   So I keep going.   And this book has helped me... so, so relevant for today.  UNIVERSAL....tale of how understanding can triumph over old and evil mindsets.!!!

To Kill a Mockingbird is a modern-day morality tale of how prejudice must be met, fought and overcome--no matter where it is present or how difficult that task might seem.

WHO IS ATTICUS.....father, a lawyer and widower....He became the voice of moral conscious in the age that the book was written and represented the ideals and hopes of the liberal classes who hoped to see the end of segregation and racism.

The novel has a courageous and powerful political message about the downtrodden lives of African-Americans in 1930s America, and the prejudice and fear they faced every day,   So SAD, but so TRUE is the plot involving a black man named Tom Robinson, who is accused of raping a white woman. Atticus takes on the case, despite the vitriol this arouses in the largely white, racist townsfolk, because he believes that there has been a serious miscarriage of justice. Given the cold-shoulder by their white neighbors, the Finches are welcomed into the black community, and Scout is amazed by the feeling of cohesion and happiness that this poor, oppressed people are able to muster. When the time of the trial comes round, Atticus proves that the girl that Tom Robinson is accused of raping actually seduced him, and that the injuries to her face were caused by her father, angry that she tried to sleep with a black man.

For a minute....due to a good read...there was suspense and evidence provided at the trial??? But the all white jury convicted Robinson; and he is later killed whilst trying to escape from jail. 

Meanwhile, the girl's father, who held a grudge against Atticus because of some of the things he said in court, waylays Scout and Jem as they walk home one night. It is clear that he wants to them harm, but they are saved by the mysterious Boo, who disarms their attacker and kills him dead.

Scout finally comes face to face with the enigmatic figure of which she was so scared, and realizes that he is just a kindly man, who has been kept away from the world because of a mental retardation that makes him appear simple. The lesson that Scout learns from both Tom Robinson's fate and her new found friend, is the importance of seeing people how they are, and not being blinded by the fears and misunderstandings of prejudice.

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