As detailed in his memoir, Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist, Tim Parrish discusses his racist upbringing at home and in his church in Louisiana during the 1960s, his involvement in racist violence during high-school desegregation in the 1970s, his ongoing recovery from racism, and the current state of racism in the United States. Parrish’s discussions sometimes encompass white privilege, implicit bias, institutional racism, and the higher profile of xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and white nationalism, things Parrish believes went underground rather than abated. Mostly, though, Parrish wants to share his personal story as a platform for insight into the ongoing struggle with race relations
Tim Parrish is a professor of English and the founder of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program at Southern Connecticut State University. He is the author of three books: Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist, A Memoir; The Jumper, a novel and winner of the George Garrett Prize for Fiction; Red Stick Men, a short-story collection. He has discussed his racist upbringing and racism on numerous media outlets, including CNN and Fox, and has published Op-eds in Daily Beast and The New York Daily News, among other places.