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Award-winning AN UNINTENTIONAL ACCOMPLICE follows Baker’s awakening to the realities of implicit racial bias and white privilege, and her journey as a participant in rectifying past inequities and changing structures of discrimination. Baker offers a non-judgmental personal narrative inviting readers of all kinds to explore the complexities of race in America and create solidarity towards building communities that value all people. While there had been a few “aha” moments earlier in Baker's life, it was the discovery of the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, in her early sixties, which caused her response to move from her head to her heart. As she looked at the photos of Emmett Till's brutalized body, she felt the immediate and universal anguish every mother feels at the sight of such cruelty to a child. In that moment Baker realized, and felt, the reality and depth of her previous complacency. This awareness launched a review of the decades of her life and in An Unintentional Accomplice Baker puts the puzzle pieces together.  Read more...

 

Baker's forthcoming book DISPATCHES, From Racial Divide to a Road of Repair is a collection of 32 eye-opening essays written to help White Americans understand America's problems with race. In the wake of nationwide Black Lives Matter protests against racial injustice and police brutality, many Americans are taking steps to educate themselves about racism in the U.S. Baker’s dispatches is a follow-up to her award-winning biographical odyssey, AN UNINTENTIONAL ACCOMPLICE in which she explored her personal reckoning with race. In DISPATCHES, Baker asserts with her collected essays that implicit racial bias harms and debilitates the soul of the White community, flies against its deepest moral and religious traditions, and is theirs to dismantle for the sake of their own liberation. Throughout this volume, Baker suggests that Americans should shift the responsibility for repairing the racial divide out of the hands of the system and into the hands of the diverse community where many multicultural conversations and collaborations can occur. Baker’s goal in DISPATCHES, From Racial Divide to a Road of Repair, a Collection of Essays is to challenge, inspire, and uplift readers who, like herself, want to create a bottom-up paradigm for building community to drive authentic social change.

DISPATCHES, From Racial Divide to a Road of Repair, A Collection of Essays with Introduction by Mark R. Warren, PhD, is available now for pre-order at www.2leafpress.org and will be released Fall 2021.  

What people are saying...
In this intimate memoir, ...Carolyn Baker...grapples with both the discomforts of dismantling whiteness and the desire to tolerate the discomfort in confronting injustices of racism.
~Aisha Dixon-Peters, Psy.D, University of La Verne, CA
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