Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Was To Kill a Mockingbird a True Story?
[See also at WEJB/NSU:
“Atticus Finch and the Folly of the Civil Rights Movement.”]
By David in TN
Where to begin? I can't count the number of white liberals I've known who seem to think To Kill a Mockingbird is a true story. In college, I had a political science-history professor who was fairly prominent nationally in his field. He had a doctorate and was once something like President of the National Association of Political Science Professors.
He believed in the Constitution and political process, and considered himself an FDR-JFK Democrat. He also called himself a “Party Man.” Anything the Democratic Party advocated, he supported.
Sometimes I would show him something Lawrence Auster or Samuel Francis had written and he'd say, “Who's this guy Auster?,” or “Who's Francis?” My ex-teacher was a very nice man. He died 10 years ago.
Anyway, his favorite book and film was—surprise, surprise—To Kill a Mockingbird. Once I told him TKAM was a fictional story that never happened in real life.
This Doctor of Arts was speechless.