We see UFOs, engage in channeling, spirit contact, out-of-body experiences, mindquests-all these eccentric ideas have a scientific veneer, but they are unashamedly irrational.
There are no more uses of "veneer" in the book.
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We’ve been good to ’em, we’ve bailed ’cause out of jail and out of debt since the beginning of time, we’ve made work for ’cause when there was no work, we’ve encouraged ’cause to better themselves, they’ve gotten civilized, but my dear— that veneer of civilization’s so thin that a bunch of uppity Yankee Negroes can shatter a hundred years’ progress in five….
Harper Lee -- Go Set a Watchman
Of course, it’s not like racism is gone completely, but as my dads like to say, the veneer of civilization got itself a second coat.