Welcome to this month’s writing roundup, where I revisit pieces I published during the past month.
Salon, “Atticus Finch was never a hero: ‘This book taught white people how to talk about race, and it did so badly,’” by Scott Timberg, 16 July 2015. (Interview)
This first piece isn’t a piece I wrote—it’s an interview I gave to Salon. When Harper Lee’s new book came out I found myself an expert on it because of a scholarly piece I wrote that some thought foretold the Atticus that came to life in Watchman. Anyways, I was interviewed in The New Republic and blogged about it.
No one ever accused me of tempering my opinions. If you would like to check out the evidence that I use to support my opinions the original piece is downloadable.
“The reason why people get upset is that it’s more than a novel. People have said, ‘It’s just a novel, he’s just a character …’ But people name their kids for Atticus. I talk to my students – they go to law school because of him.
It’s changed our cultural consciousness – it did. This book taught white people how to talk about race, and it did so badly.”