Tragically, Perhaps Fittingly, Harper Lee Personally Hammers the Final Nail in the Coffin of Post-Racial America

After the last (fictional) icon of racial harmony is stricken from our national memory, there’s not much left but the radical race-war narrative, and the actual race war that seems to be the goal of the Left.
The event was recorded in our nation’s newspaper of record, on the front page of the New York Times, yesterday. Michiko Kakutani wrote about the imminent release of Harper Lee’s “only other book” as though she were writing an obituary:

We remember Atticus Finch in Harper Lee’s 1960 classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” as that novel’s moral conscience: kind, wise, honorable, an avatar of integrity who used his gifts as a lawyer to defend a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman in a small Alabama town filled with prejudice and hatred in the 1930s. As indelibly played by Gregory Peck in the 1962 movie, he was the perfect man — the ideal father and a principled idealist, an enlightened, almost saintly believer in justice and fairness. In real life, people named their children after Atticus. People went to law school and became lawyers because of Atticus.

Indeed, the central figure in the book Oprah Winfrey once called “our national novel” set a heroic tone at a time when America needed racial harmony more than anything else. He made a case for the feasibility of blacks and whites living together in the shadow of their grim mutual history in America. And it made that dream believable and personal, much like Dr. Martin Luther King did with his “Dream” speech. It’s personal for me, as well. A friend and fellow blogger (and lawyer) whom I admire, perhaps more than any other, took the name AFINCH as an homage to the character.

nyharp2All that vanished yesterday when Ms. Kakutani described the plot of the book that will be released on Tuesday, “Go Set a Watchman,” in which no less an authority than the author, herself, reveals that Atticus Finch is a racist who once attended a Klan meeting and wished to keep his community free of blacks.

The book was actually written by Harper Lee before she wrote “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and was suppressed by her for decades, but it matters not now. She personally agreed to release it earlier this very year, and when that comes to pass in a little over 24 hours, the Atticus that America has loved for 55 years will definitively vanish.

I think this is important, coming at the time that it does. For America has labored now for 6 and a half years under a President who has refused to embrace the spirit of Martin Luther King and of the former Atticus Finch. Instead, Al Sharpton has enjoyed more access to the White House than some members of Obama’s own cabinet. Under this President, racial tensions have exploded, and rather than encourage reconciliation and harmony, he consistently blames a festering (though perhaps imaginary) racism among whites for the unrest. This is in stark contrast to the evidence that blacks are responsible for more violence and crime and overt racism, themselves, than any other racial group in the nation.

Further, like no decade since the 1960s, we seem locked in a period of obsessiveness and a strange, misplaced vindictiveness and alarm over past – ancient almost – grievances that demand instant gratification. Flags and statues and gravestones are being torn down and history is being erased and some demand that even the recollection of our own history be treated as a hate crime worthy of criminal prosecution. With the disregard for King’s wise words and the absolute vaporization of Atticus Finch, our patron saint of racial atonement, I feel that very little now remains to argue against the malignant voices now attempting to characterize all whites as evil racists and America itself as a despicable and incorrigible place fit only for total destruction.

As he has been for years, Barack Obama is uniquely poised as America’s “first black President” to turn this tide and encourage racial harmony and healing. But will he? If the past is any indication, he will not. A race war, either hot or cold, is now coming, and its blood lies squarely at the feet of the one lawyer, and you could call Barack the “anti-Finch,” who holds the remedy, unused, in his attache case.


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19 Responses to Tragically, Perhaps Fittingly, Harper Lee Personally Hammers the Final Nail in the Coffin of Post-Racial America

  1. Diogenes says:

    I’m glad you put this up. I was uncertain whether to bother reading it or not. I’ll just wait for the movie.

    • Diogenes says:

      I’m sending a link to Doug Ross. 🙂

      • Thanks, Darlin’. I’m not worthy, but I appreciate it. 🙂

        About the book, I think MK put together a knock-out review (for the NYT), but reviewers are notorious for not really reading the whole thing before latching onto an aspect that strikes them. That may be the case here, and there may be a hidden jewel in there somewhere, so it’s hard to know if the book might be worth a look. I won’t be rushing, either, though.

  2. Adrienne says:

    Okay – somehow I missed this story. I didn’t know about her releasing this book. I slipped over to Washington Post to read a review (only because when I googled “Watchman” it was one of the first to come up.)

    The review says it all: White guilt, horrible Southerners, noble blacks – on and on.

    My take away? Harper Lee is telling the truth in Watchman and not in To Kill a Mockingbird.

    As for Obama, he’s doing exactly what he’s been told to do. Divide…

    I don’t plan on reading it because it sounds boring as heck.

  3. Adrienne says:

    I don’t partake. Southerners thought that blacks were like children and needed to be taken care of. I think they were right. Just call me raaaaaacisssst.

    Have you ever read Paul Kersey?

    • Just a little. I don’t normally like generalizing about people, but the notion of ‘equality’ is a harsh idea to fit every member of the human race into. I agree that we did just about everything wrong, racially, in this country. Slavery set us up for centuries of cultural grief, and we kinda deserve what we got there. But how we ended it was even worse! Nothing like dumping a million people on the streets with no way to support themselves except federal handouts and crime. Recipe for a nightmare.

    • Czar of Defenestration says:

      Yee gads!
      At first, I thought you were suggesting The Ghost Of Charles Bronson was blogging!

  4. trailbee says:

    Can’t read it. It will induce, again, major feelings of anxiety and self-loathing, which are totally undeserved. So, I am happy that you have done the deed for us. Thank you.

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  6. jpattitude says:

    Um, we all know this is a fictional character, right? And the author who wrote him is very old and wrote this book a long time ago? So, um, how could this possibly affect current racial relations in America except for people who have trouble discerning reality?

    • That’s not a very nice thing to say to a guy who writes under a literary character name. 😉 But seriously, by your logic, a flag is just a piece of fabric with some colors on it. How can banning it ever affect anybody living in reality? But people are getting worked up over the suppression of the Confederate battle flag. People get worked up enough to burn flags, just as they burn books, and both things are not without meaning or consequence.

  7. JoyO says:

    We have to accept that the Left is doing everything it can to make the South appear Racist — it sent Sharpton to Charleston in hopes of generating another Ferguson but the Christian families forgave the killer and people of all races came together on the bridge in Charleston… the Left still had to take advantage of the crisis so they attacked the Confederate Flag. They are acting like the mobs of the French Revolution. If we allow them, they will keep insisting on streets being renamed, bodies of Confederate leaders being dug up, etc. Personally, I don’t believe today’s Southerners are any more responsible for slavery than the Left are responsible for the 100+ million people killed by Marxist governments in the past 100 years.

    • Indeed, but if the Left continues on the path of the French Revolution, there will be more than just old blood on their hands. They feign horror at the pain of almost 2 centuries ago, and in the same breath (as with the Salon article) call for fresh blood and volunteer to man the guillotines.

  8. Steiner says:

    I know racism will end now that the Confederate flag is banned and the Left is forbidding it over the graves of the soldiers that fought for it. Damn those Union troops that allowed this racist symbol to fly over those graves. Damn those people like Lee that sought to bind the wounds of the nation. Let us honor those lovers of manking-Obama, Jackson and Sharpton.

    Have they not improved race relations? End snark.

    Let’s just send Obama and his posse to Cuba where they can establish their Leftist utopia just as other progressives have in North Korea, Venezuela, and Argentina.

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