To Kill a Mockingbird

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language is a powerful tool in this film/novel. what lessons does Atticus attempt to teach Scout about the use of racial slurs?

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The "N" word was a common term for black people. It was an accepted term used by the white community. Still it was offensive. Atticus was a progressive man and knew the common status-quo was offensive, he wanted more from his children. When Scout points out that everybody at school uses it, Atticus replies: "From now on it'll be everybody less one--" ch 9