To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 26

“Over here we don’t believe in persecuting anybody. Persecution comes from people who are prejudiced. Pre-ju-dice…There are no better people in the world than the Jews, and why Hitler doesn’t think so is a mystery to me.” What’s wrong with this statement? How does it relate to the plot of the novel?

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In Chapter Twenty-Seven, Miss. Gates hypocritically believes that the Jews deserve sympathy because they are white, whereas the persecuted group of the blacks still deserves second-class citizenship. She also insinuates that because the United States is a democracy, fairness is available for all, when blacks are suffering from the same kinds of discrimination and segregation that Jews experience in Hitler's dictatorial regime. The "democracy" she speaks of is not an all-inclusive one that offers the same rights to all. This section supports the theme of racism.