It’s no wonder that billionaire and Obama basher Donald Trump is receiving scathing rebukes for his “racists remarks against the president,” says Yachats local Jenny Hensley who joined others who shouted out “how about Trump” during a recent “To Kill a Mockingbird” tribute that was presented by the Yachats Academy of Arts and Sciences. “We were all talking about how Harper Lee (Mockingbird author) delineates not only race — white and black within a small community — but class, and then someone in the audience shouted out Donald Trump’s name to denounce the same types of thing Atticus Finch was defending a black man from in To Kill A Mockingbird – and that’s Trump’s racist comments against our president.”
Locals share their outrage as To Kill a Mockingbird evokes Trump’s “small southern town” racism
“Trump’s recent remarks about the president do smack of racism, especially after we just watched the film version starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch who fights to say there are no differences between black people and white people,” adds Hensley who says she shares this view with many in her group who are celebrating a tribute for Lee and her groundbreaking 1960 book that Hensely said “exposed that small southern town type of racism that we’re hearing today from the likes of Trump.”
In turn, others with a bigger spotlight also noted issues with Trump's remarks.
For instance, David Letterman noted his deep concern about Trump’s attacks against Obama during his “The Late Show" TV program on April 29. "If he comes back on this show, and I'm not sure we want him back under those circumstances, but he ought to be prepared to apologize just for that kind of behavior,” said Letterman.
Harper Lee warned of “the Trump’s of this world," says fan
If you’re a true fan of To Kill A Mocking Bird, “then you know that Harper Lee warned of the Trump’s of this world who view themselves as a white man superior to the black man,” says local Yachats Mockingbird fan Sandra Curry who’s a former student of Dr. Courtney Campbell, a distinguished professor at nearby Oregon State University’s department of philosophy.
Curry recently announced during the Yachats community tribute for To Kill a Mockingbird that Professor Curry will join the local event on June 4 with his topic: “Imagination, Friendship and Integrity: Ethical Themes in To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Curry, who also met Harper Lee back in 1976 when she was lecturing at the nearby University of Oregon in Eugene, noted that “Lee is still doing fine and was seen in photos this week wearing the Presidential Medal of Freedom for writing To Kill a Mockingbird” that President George W. Bush presented to her on Nov. 5, 2007.
In turn, the 50th anniversary edition of one of the best-loved books in American history: Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird, is still a bestseller here at a local Yachats bookshop, says Curry who sums up her favorite book as being “about race, class and growing up in the Deep South of the 1930’s.”
“There’s no place in America today for racist remarks,” said Harper Lee
“The reason why many of us are outraged by these Trump remarks is To Kill a Mockingbird is a lesson for American on how our collective lives have been changed by racism. It’s Lee’s distain for racism that develops during the course of her narrative. We know, for example, that Lee’s upbringing was centered on being respectful to the African-Americans in her society down south,” Curry adds.
Harper Lee, who turned 85 on April 28, only wrote one novel To Kill a Mockingbird.
Also, Curry and other devoted Mockingbird fans here in this quiet central Oregon coastal hamlet of Yachats (a two hour drive from Eugene) note that Lee has rarely talked to the media over the past half century.
However, one of statement was made by the famous southern author when she won her Pulitzer Prize some 50 years ago this month in 1961: “There’s no place in America today for racism,” said Harper Lee.
In turn, “I believe that if Ms Lee were to speak publically today about her masterpiece she would reaffirm her stance that racists comments about any person, let alone the president of the United States, is out of order and simply wrong,” Curry asserted.
Image source of Harper Lee with President Bush: Wikipedia