Why Does Dolphus Raymond Hide Coca-Cola Is a Paper Bag?

Dolphus Raymond, a character from "To Kill a Mockingbird," is known as the town drunk as he always is sipping from a bottle concealed in a brown bag; the bottle is actually Coca-Cola, and he pretends to be a drunk so that people have a reason to justify his friendliness towards black people in town. "To Kill a Mockingbird" is set in 1930s Alabama and deals with the issue of race, it was published in the early 1960s when race was a key issue in the United States.

The book revolves around two siblings, Scout and Jem, and their father, Atticus Finch. In the story, Atticus is a lawyer who is defending a black man accused of raping a young white woman. The racially charged atmosphere of the courtroom is a reflection of the attitude of the people of the town. Scout and Jem come of age as events unfold surrounding the trial and they experience racism firsthand through the reactions of the people of town toward their father.