The story I'm looking for is one I read only once over a decade ago for class.
The story is set in a small town in the U.S., sometime around the 1950s, 60s, akin to "Monsters are Due on Maple Street."
In this story, the town is planning and then gathers as a mob to evict a man and his family from their home due to the fact that the man they're going after struck and killed an elderly man with this car sometime before the start of the story. During the planning stages, I think I remember we get little snippets of different households' residents and all their flaws and complexities in their day to day life, and how their eviction of this murderous man has affected their lives.
The whole town ends up on the man's front step, but when he comes out to face them, he repels them by basically owning his mistake completely and shaming the mob for treating him as less than human. He acknowledges that he made a grave mistake he can never make up for, but he scolds them for losing sight of their own humanity trying to find a scapegoat. I remember some of the words used were that his own words made the crowd "rock back on their heels."
Any help would be greatly appreciated in finding this story!