Open a random page of "The Displaced Person" and you'll probably find a racial slur or a racist comment. The story includes two black characters, Astor and Sulk, who work on a white woman's farm. As black employees on Mrs. McIntyre's farm they are the recipients of some awful words and attitudes. When Mrs. McIntyre learns that Sulk is considering entering into an interracial marriage (illegal in Southern states at that time) all sorts of problems occur. By highlighting racial tensions in the southern US during or just after World War II, we are forced to consider our own racial attitudes.
Father Flynn's nonracial speech presents a refreshing contrast to the racially charged speech of the Shortleys and Mrs. McIntyre.