Hypocrisy In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, there were many references to major institutions, one of which was church. Church was very different between Blacks and Whites during the 1960s. Even though many Black and Whites both worshiped the same God, no one could get past their racist views in order to worship in the same church. Though not every White person was racist against Blacks, racism was rampant among the White population, and became one of the main topics of conversation and controversy in the 1960s. Churches were not immune to the effects of this discrimination.
There was a lot of hypocrisy in To Kill a Mockingbird, especially in the way certain characters regard Blacks. “‘Hypocrites, born hypocrites’ Mrs. Merriweather was saying ‘At
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