Brit's father, a former skinhead and a prominent figure in the white power movement. He raised Brit by himself after his girlfriend, Adele, cheated on him with a black man and, as he tells it, abandoned Brit. Around the time that Turk met Francis, the government was starting to crack down on overt white supremacy and Francis understood that the only way forward was to move online. He and Turk started the website lonewolf.org, a site that offers white supremacists an anonymous place to band together. Francis is a guiding force in Turk's life and a voice of reason throughout the trial. However, on the final day of trial, Wallace Mercy confronts Francis, Turk, and Brit with Adele, who is revealed to be black. Later, Francis confides in Turk that he and Adele were madly in love, but he was jealous and afraid of losing her. After beating her, she ran to her black choir director and Francis was picked up by Tom Metzger, a leader in the white supremacist movement. Following this revelation, both Francis and Turk are beaten and kicked out of the movement.
Francis Mitchum Character Timeline in Small Great Things
The timeline below shows where the character Francis Mitchum appears in Small Great Things. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3, Turk
Chapter 6, Turk
Chapter 9, Turk
...the ones that gave suggestions for how individuals could stir up unrest without being violent. Francis and Turk tried a number of them, including slipping flyers about how the Holocaust was... (full context)
Chapter 15, Turk
Chapter 27, Ruth
Chapter 28, Turk
Chapter 31, Turk