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Why is it ironic that Atticus tells Scout "The Ku Klux's gone... It'll never come back?
The town people railing against Atticus' defense of Tom are Ku Klux Klan members, promoting the group's agenda.
He knows perfectly well that it is not the truth and is only trying to save the children from being worried and upset.
It shows Atticus is out of touch with this aspect of history - surprising since he is so knowledgeable about so much.
The Klan was active throughout the later 20th century, especially during the 1960s, when the novel was published.
It shows how different the county seat of Maycomb is from the rest of the state of Alabama and the country.