To Kill a Mockingbird

Chapter 11

According to Atticus, why do some people use hateful lanuage?

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In Chapter Eleven, Scout asks Atticus what a nigger-lover is, and he says that it's just a meaningless term that "ignorant, trashy people use when they think somebody's favoring Negroes above themselves." He tells her that these words hurt the people who say them more than they hurt him.