Professor Jeffrey Baker, "White Privilege, Fatal Flaws and a Plot Twist" -- Mississippi Free Press
Professor Jeffrey R. Baker's personal essay, "White Privilege, Fatal Flaws and a Plot Twist: A Dispatch from the American Dream," has been published in the Mississippi Free Press. The essay shares some family history of promise and opportunity in America, alongside the fatal flaw of pernicious racism, but with a hopeful plot twist for our national trajectories.
Excerpt from "White Privilege, Fatal Flaws and a Plot Twist"
My dad and his twin brother were born in a sharecropper's shack in the summer of 1948. Nobody knew they'd be twins; if the family didn't have indoor plumbing they for sure didn't have prenatal care. They were the last two of four living children born to Frank and Etta Lee. Frank had a fourth-grade education, which was more than Etta Lee had. They would be the last of a long line of poor white farmers in the Arkansas Delta.
The complete essay may be found here.