I worked on putting this package together and editing it over two months: A series of reported essays on white privilege in Columbia two years after the Mizzou protests.
"During every stage of creating this package, Ron Stodghill, our advanced writing professor, reminded our group of 11 writers to 'swing for the fences.'
"Personally, I prefer 'shoot for the moon.' When you’re taking on something as incendiary as race and privilege in a town two years removed from a student-led protest that made national headlines, landing among the stars sounds a hell of a lot better than warning-track power. Or, even worse, a big swing and a miss...
"To be sure, MU’s and Columbia’s efforts to roll back white privilege (or agree it even exists) have been stubborn at best. A recent university employee survey suggests signs of 'whitelash' as workers complain the university has gone 'too far' to accommodate the interests of its black students and faculty. Hate groups and far-right political organizations have turned to MU’s campus as fertile recruiting ground for new members. Even the police chief has clashed with local residents and community groups, including the NAACP, and resisted the push for the department to examine possible racial profiling by its officers.
"In this collection of essays, a team of Vox writers explored the charged terrain around white privilege in Columbia — what is it really, where does it lurk, and how do we prevent it from dividing the city further?"