Tag Archives: Discrimination

Why My Voice Should Count For More Than One Vote

Black and white hand drawn comic with 12 men and one woman sitting around a table. All of the men are looking at the woman. Text reads, "Well, you're the only one who thinks we're a sexist organisation."

This comic has appeared in my newsfeed several times in the last week. It captures what many of us feel when we are the minority in any given situation. It captures the overwhelming feeling of loneliness when faced with the contrast of your difference. It captures why I don’t want a seat at the table.

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Ready for Revelation – 1 PoV by 1 PoC

I originally wrote this post for Ordain Women. It explains one of the reasons I support women’s ordination. This was originally posted on OrdainWomen.org on February 1, 2016. 

The story of black women within the Mormon church has often been ignored. Instead, we focus on those whose oppressions are easily categorized without intersections. The racial oppression of black men through their exclusion of the Priesthood and the pious suffering of white women as they endured the sacrifices and the sexism of polygamy take center stage. At best, black women are a distant afterthought.

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Doers of the Word: Chapters 3 and 4

Welcome to our discussion of the book “Doers of the Word”: African-American Women Speakers and Writers in the North (1830-1880) by Carla L. Peterson. If you are confused about this Black History Month segment, please see our post from last week that outlines the book discussion concept.

Doers of the word

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how we are all products of our time and environment. Everything we do…every thought we think…every action we perform…all of our earthly experiences are shaped by where and when we live. As I sit here typing this on my computer, I remember back to my freshman year of high school when I was quite literally among those lucky few in the very last class of students to use manual typewriters in our typing class. Students today certainly don’t learn to type on old-fashioned type writers. In fact, they don’t even really NEED typing classes…they learn to type before they learn to write, and almost everyone I know has at least one computer at home! Incredible. We are products of our time and environment, and today we live in an environment where, thanks to the Internet, the world and all the information therein is at our fingertips. Continue reading

I support Bigotry and Discrimination

Golden Angel Moroni blowing a trumpet. This is usually seen on top of a Mormon Temple
I am currently an active member of the Mormon Church. However, in light of the new policy change by our church that declares marriage between same-sex couples apostasy and bars their children from participating in saving ordinances as well as receiving a name and a blessing, I can no longer deny that I am part of and support a bigoted and discriminatory church that systematically participates in the subjugation of others. Continue reading

A Discussion with Bryndis Roberts – Processing the Charleston Church Murders

Reposted from A Thoughtful Faith Podcast

On the 17th of June 2015 a young white man attended the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Wednesday night bible study class on Calhoun Street, Charleston, South Carolina.  He allegedly sat with theScreen Shot 2015-06-20 at 1.54.01 PM community in their study before pulling out a fire arm and shooting dead nine worshippers – all Black.

In this podcast I discuss this incident with Bryndis Roberts, in the context of a long history of racism and racial incidents in the United States.  We talk about Bryndis’ own experience of being black in the education system growing up in Georgia, along with her critical reflections on how an incident like this could and should wake up the LDS church to its own forms of systemic and discursive white racial privilege.  Ultimately Bryndis’ position is one of faith and hope, but not without the necessary pain that is required for all of us to arrive at a healthy understanding of what it really means to be a follower of Christ.

To listen to the podcast please link to it here.

I Have the Curse of Cain

“Cain is your uncle!” “Did you murder someone, too?” “You’re related to a murderer!”

We were teens. There was a substitute. All the other girls were absent that day, and I was surrounded by immature teenage boys.

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MAD MAX: A FEMWOC Movie Review

Five women stand in a staggered line in the foreground and middleground of the photo in an empty desert. The women are of varying ethnicities. All women are thin and dressed in a linen cloth like material

Five women stand in a staggered line in the foreground and middleground of the photo in an empty desert. The women are of varying ethnicities. All women are thin and dressed in a linen cloth like material.

I saw Mad Max this weekend. I wasn’t going to see it because it definitely looked like it could cause sensory overload*, but all the positive reviews and raves about the feminist attributes convinced me to give it a try in theater. Continue reading