Who’s Your Daddy

his book Rising Above the Crowd, Brian Harbour tells the story of Ben Hooper. When Ben Hooper was born many years ago in the foothills of East Tennessee, little boys and girls like Ben who were born to unwed mothers were ostracized and treated terribly. By the time he was three years old, the other children were not allowed to play with Ben. Parents would say, “What’s a boy like that doing playing with our children?” As if the child had anything at all to do with his own birth. Saturday was the toughest day of all.

Ben’s mom would take him to the little general store to buy their supplies for the week. Invariably, the other parents in the store would make rude remarks just loudly enough for both mother and child to hear comments like,


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