“Hypocrites, Mrs. Perkins, born hypocrites,” Mrs. Merriweather was saying. “At least we don’t have that sin on our shoulders down here. People up there set ’em free, but you don’t see ’em settin’ at the table with ’em. At least we don’t have the deceit to say to ’em yes you’re as good as we are but stay away from us. Down here we just say you live your way and we’ll live ours.”
– Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird, Chapter 24. Mrs. Merriweather brands Northerners hypocrites because they freed slaves, and yet don’t want to sit with them. She particularly singles out First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt for her visit to Birmingham in support of equal rights for blacks. But Merriweather, who believes that blacks are inferior to whites and treats them that way, is one of the biggest hypocrites in town.