Atticus, in case you didn't know, is that lawyer form her famous book, "To Kill Mockingbird". He was a crusader for civil rights and racial justice. (Full disclosure, when I decided to become a lawyer, Atticus Finch was not one of the people that influenced my decision. ) So now, as it turns out, in her new book, Finch is a racist.
Oh the horror! *sarcasm off*
First, let's make something very clear: This new book is a work of FICTION. So if the 89 year old white woman from Alabama who penned the book decides to make her main character a racist, I say so be it. It's her book.
Sorry, I am more concerned with the real racists out here than a racist in a book.
But you Americans, I swear.
"The idea of #atticusfinch being racist is like Spielberg doing a sequel in which ET punches Eliot in the face and steals his lunch money."
"my fictional husband since 8th grade is a racist and my entire childhood is a lie. #atticusfinch"
"Don't know if I'll read To Set a Watchman. Loved Mockingbird so so much & the idea of Atticus becoming a racist doesn't appeal."
This non-story has actually gotten more publicity than the potential Iran/American nuke deal, or another black man being killed while in police custody. This time in Alabama.
Harper Lee and her publishers would like to thank you.
Finally, here is a story that I am sure that most of you have not seen.
Check out this picture from my twitter mate, @ShaunKing:
He said it happened in Troy, New York, and these too "hardened looking criminals" were suspected of shoplifting and let go.
Where is Atticus Finch when you need him?