In thinking about and talking about the trial, Jem makes the commrnt, "I always thought Maycomb folks were the best folks in the world, least that's what they seemed like." What is the painful realization he is coming to?
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Answered by Aslan
Jem is coming to the realization of just how entrenched bigotry and racism is in the South. Despite his father saying and doing all the right things, his friends and neighbors still chose the side of bigotry and hate over truth.