“That Walter’s as smart as he can be, he just gets held back sometimes because he has to stay out and help his daddy. Nothin’s wrong with him. Naw, Jem, I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”

– Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird, Chapter 23. Scout is referring to her schoolmate Walter Cunningham Jr., who is intelligent but can’t always get to school because he has to help his father Walter on the farm. She then applies this simple, child’s view that people should be treated as equals and not divided into classes and segregated like is done in Maycomb. She shows a growing ability to think independently and be compassionate.