It’s been more than 50 years since Harper Lee published her Pulitzer Prize winning novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
In that time, a lot has changed and nothing has changed.
Our schools are still highly segregated and unequal – but we justify that with standardized test scores. Our prisons are still disproportionately filled with black and brown people – but we justify that with the War on Drugs. Racial minorities are still gunned down in the street while their killers get off scot-free – but we justify that with a dysfunctional justice system.
Yes, we have our first black president but most people of color still live under the shadow of white privilege and a government sanctioned caste system.
Now comes “Go Set a Watchman” a book Lee wrote before “Mockingbird” but that works best as a sequel.
Does it matter? Is it still relevant?
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