"After a screening the other night of “Our Mockingbird,” a new documentary about the hold Harper Lee’s 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' has on us still, 50 years on, a woman in the audience had a question for the filmmaker. Which she posed with much the same tact and reserve that Mockingbird’s Scout used on her classmate Walter when she demanded to know 'what in the Sam Hill' he was doing pouring syrup all over his supper.
"How oh how, the woman asked Birmingham-born Sandra Jaffe, could Alabamans abide the current-day segregation on display in the movie, which shows students from all-white Mountain Brook High School and all-black Fairfield High School blown away by the experience of collaborating on a production of 'To Kill a Mockingbird?'
"I wanted to ask that woman in the audience a question: Madam, have you been to America? Where many public schools are still mostly white, or mostly black and brown?"
- Bob Davis