From Charleston to Charlottesville, white supremacy still has roots in some communities. What draws some Americans to embrace extreme, hateful racist ideologies?
We talk with Tim Parrish, a Connecticut resident with firsthand perspective. Now a college professor, Tim joined an extremely violent and racist crowd as a high school student in Louisiana.
He wrote a memoir that charts his path from model student to violent racist. We find out what finally led him to make a change.
First--it’s election season and in the gubernatorial race, five debates have been scheduled in the weeks leading up to Election day.
But that doesn’t mean all the candidates will be participating.
- Tim Parrish - Professor of Creative Writing at Southern Connecticut State University. Parrish is author of three books: Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist, a memoir; The Jumper, a novel; and Red Stick Men, a short-story collection set in his hometown of Baton Rouge
- John Dankosky - Executive Editor of the New England News Collaborative, and host of The Wheelhouse and NEXT on Connecticut Public Radio (@johndankosky)
New York Daily News: How hate took hold of me: My friend and I could have been Dylann Roof. How do we get the poison of racism out of more American bloodstreams? (Tim Parrish, June 2015) – “I grew up a Southern racist. I learned how to hate at home and at church. I drank from the same poisonous well as Dylann Roof.”
Wall Street Journal: Early Polls Mixed on Connecticut’s Governor Race (August 2018) – “Two early polls released Thursday clouded the forecast into Connecticut’s gubernatorial race, with one showing a tight matchup and the other giving the Democratic candidate a comfortable double-digit lead.”
Hartford Courant: Gamesmanship Between Bob Stefanowski And Ned Lamont Over Gubernatorial Debates (August 2018) – “The Republican nominee has committed to five debates in September and October, but declined an invitation to a Sept. 5 televised forum with Democrat Ned Lamont and independent candidate Oz Griebel.”
Chion Wolf contributed to this show.