My wife and I are a mixed race couple. My inability to understand the concept of white privilege was very frustrating to my wife for many, many years. Although I was witness to how discrimination is still active (as a father of black kids), it took a lot of education and experience before I realized how white privilege shaped our history and social makeup.
I found "Mississippi ReMixed" to be a remarkably gentle, yet unflinching, look at how white privilege has affected our society. Your own growth in knowledge as a woman of the South, coming to understand what had been hidden right in front of your eyes, was astonishing. That you persevered in coming to an understanding of the truth, rather that turning a blind eye to it, was a testimony of the great wisdom, kindness, and courage that people have the potential for.
I also recognized your great love of your home town. As flawed as it was/is, you are willing to see its weaknesses and potential, yet still love it. I am a native of Oakland, CA, and still reside here. We also have a history of discrimination and racial discord, but of the Northern variety. We are the home of the Black Panther Party. Although I disagreed with some of their tactics, it is undeniably true that Oakland's social structure pretty much forced the groups formation, because our city refused to reform itself without being pushed energetically. Yet I also love what my city is becoming, a place where racial issues are actively addressed, and everyones racial identity finds positive value. (Over 200 languages are spoken in our public schools!)
I have the privilege of often teaching students from China. Although discrimination is denied by its government, China is a place of great ethnic inequality. I teach about the history of the US and California, showing how great a lie racism and discrimination in the US was based upon. I show the discord and violence that discrimination has caused. I teach these things about my own nation and society in the hope that these young people will return to China better equipped. Perhaps they can be the designers of a more inclusive Chinese society.
I teach adults actively in my church in Oakland. It is a very racially diverse congregation. Yet I hear many of my white friends say things of astonishing ignorance and insensitivity from time to time. I hope that "Mississippi ReMixed" will be a resource our church leadership will allow my wife and I to use as the basis of an adult seminar in the future. Even Christians can be shaped by our society in ways that the teachings of Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit, find difficult to overcome.
May God continue to bless you, and grow you in love, truth, and wisdom!