Myra Faye Turner, Writer
The release of the much anticipated second novel by Pulitzer Prize winner, Harper Lee, has cause much excitement and a bit of dismay from readers. In Go Set a Watchman, which takes place twenty years after the setting of To Kill a Mockingbird, the beloved hero Atticus Finch is portrayed as a racist. It amazes me how some people have gotten their nickers all in a bunch and are now wondering if Ms. Lee is a some kind of undercover racist.
Some have vowed to not read the book because they don't want their image of Atticus tarnished. Some say they won't read it because she never meant for it to be published or because it had previously been rejected by a publisher. The fact is, the book or rather a draft, was written before TKMB. It is not a sequel and frankly, characters do change overtime and isn't it plausible that he might have gone dark?
Furthermore, it's a work of fiction and people need to calm down and realize this simple fact. If you're gonna go after an old lady, then you need to examine all of the other writers who have created despicable characters and ask yourself if they too are racist. Is Tarantino racist because he used the word nigger 113 times in D'Jango Unchained? Was Norman Lear racist because he created the Archie Bunker character? You get the point (I hope).
Personally, I'm going to read the book and enjoy it for what it is... a work of fiction. My feelings toward Harper Lee won't change one bit.