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Go Set a Watchman > Do the people of Maycomb believe they are victims?

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Mark Ueber | 255 comments Mod
Do you think that the white community of Maycomb sees itself as being victimized in GO SET A WATCHMAN? How do these people justify this belief --- and how does this belief justify their attitude and behavior toward the emerging Civil Rights movement and those who are a part of it, especially the black people of Maycomb? Question provided by the publisher.


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Mark Ueber | 255 comments Mod
Mark wrote: "Do you think that the white community of Maycomb sees itself as being victimized in GO SET A WATCHMAN? How do these people justify this belief --- and how does this belief justify their attitude an..."

When we are attacked it is perfectly normal to circle the wagons. It is necessary if it allows a respite during which to consider the merits of various points of view. All too often the wagons stay circled, and, like the residents of Maycomb, a siege mentality sets in which makes it more difficult to consider various points of view. I am sure the thinking of the residents of Maycomb is that they know how Negroes really are and the Supreme Court justices and east-coast liberals have no idea, and it’s easy to see the NAACP as profiteering from the situation. It’s like the abortion debate today. Many pro-life adherents dismiss the opposition as members of the abortion industry out to make a buck. Pro-choice adherents dismiss prolifers as backward, or worse, as men deliberately trying to oppress women so as to maintain a position of privilege. Considering that the other side might have folks in it who are thoughtful and sincere makes the sense of siege that binds the army together harder to maintain.

The citizens’ council binds the community together to do battle, which is especially understandable since it is quite possible they will lose.


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