The Unspoken White Supremacy of To Kill a Mockingbird

Gregory Peck and Brock Peters in the 1962 film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird.

“All rise!” shouts Scout Finch, the principal narrator of Aaron Sorkin’s new stage adaptation of the socially-minded To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s a command that demands something of us to be sure, but for what purpose and for whom are we supposed to “rise”? Are we to stand for justice and if so, what does justice look like?