"I used to tell my life story as a feel-good fairy tale," writes journalist and Nieman Fellow Ike Bailey '95. "Now, I realize, I was doing it all wrong."
"Despite the overwhelming odds stacked against me, I would tell my audience, through my hard work and perseverance, I graduated from one of the top liberal arts schools in the country, Davidson College, and went on to become a successful columnist and published author and was eventually invited to spend a year studying at Harvard. I've rubbed shoulders with governors and multi-millionaires, interviewed Barack Obama.
"And then I stopped telling that story."
Also read Bailey's op-ed "The peril and power of American fear" in the Charlotte Observer.