I Don't Think Atticus Would Like It

I don't think Atticus would like it.

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Monroeville, AL, home of Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird, has produced a staging of the story, in the original courthouse and area upon which it was based... for the last 28 years.

Now a new player has entered, a middleman called the Mockingbird Company... something put together by an attorney for Lee. It has taken away the original agreement that allowed the performances and replaced it with something that will not be financially possible.

Somehow, I just don't think Atticus would like it. It really doesn't pass the Atticus test... one of fairness, one of honor. There is no room for negotiation, it is basically between Lee's attorney and the people of Monroeville. I think Atticus would have called it a shame.

There is a lot of intrigue in the story... plenty of attorneys, behind the scene negotiations to cause some people to lose jobs, openly exerting their muscle... and effectively destroying a wonderful tradition... one that brings people from all over the world to the tiny town of Monroeville to see the play and visit the museum. Since the Mockingbird Company has made so many changes, this is probably coming to an end.

I hope that someone with the reason of Atticus Finch, also a lawyer, but with compassion, will step and in realize that they are destroying so many things here... not just the ability to produce the play, but also tarnish an international reputation for the things Atticus has always represented... that everything shouldn't come down to money, greed and the ability to flew muscle, just because you are a stronger player.

My suggestion: Don't Mess With Atticus.

I know he wouldn't like it. I know I don't.