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Our Views: How we get 2 views of 1 death
Ferguson case reminds us how race alters perspectives through prism of US history
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In the great American novel “To Kill A Mockingbird,” attorney Atticus Finch is explaining to his daughter Scout how to deal with other people amid conflicts at school: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view ... Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” The novel centers on Finch and his two children growing up in rural Alabama amid a racially inflamed trial involving a black man accused of raping a white girl. As in real life, there is no happy ending in Harper Lee’s masterpiece, but valuable lessons to ponder today.