There’s a ad on TV that claims that the oldest trees produce the sweetest fruit. I grew up on an orchard, and I know that this is wrong. The oldest trees produce the sourest fruit. At 89, Harper Lee has proved the truth of this in her new book, Go Set a Watchman. In it, one of America’s greatest fictional heroes, Atticus Finch, is portrayed as a segregationist. Worse, the story is set years after the events in To Kill a Mockingbird, suggesting that he has acquired has prejudice as he has grown older and, sadly, less wise.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee says that it’s a sin to kill one. Well, that’s just what she’s done by mistakenly publishing this text, which should certainly have remained in the safety deposit box where it was found.
Since I’m in a wheelchair, I have aides who are with me every day. Most of them are black, some Americans and some from Africa. They are like my extended family.
My husband was raised by a black servant, and often doesn’t even notice if people are black or not. I’ve always admired that about him, and I’m getting to be that way, too.
I think I’ll pass on Go Set a Watchman.