Racial Thugging in M...

By Dr. Brenda G. Juarez   Is Massachusetts more racist than Mississippi? Chief Justice Roberts recently raised the issue of racism and the historical U.S. North-South divide to justify his argument against renewing sections of the Voting Act, which requires some jurisdictions with a...

Serena’s Back At Num...

By Dr. Darron Smith An emotional Serena Williams celebrates her return to the number spot in women’s tennis after having a rough year overcoming a series of potentially career ending injuries. Shortly after winning Wimbledon in 2010, Williams cut her feet on broken glass while on her way out...

NBC’s Parenthood and...

Dr. Nicholas Hartlep My wife and I frequently watched Parenthood on NBC this past fall. Recently the fourth season’s finale aired. As a Korean adoptee, from my perspective, Parenthood portrayed transracial-adopted families inadequately, misrepresenting their experiences from the perspective...

Is BYU “The Place” f...

By Dr. Darron Smith This has been a banner year for Mormons and the LDS Church. From Mitt Romney’s emblematic ascent to capture the GOP nomination to Manti Te’o and his Heisman Trophy run with the undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team, now Jabari Parker, who has emerged as one...

Re-conceptualizing t...

By Dr. Darron Smith No one can argue that Robert Griffin III has been anything but sensational in his masterful rookie season. His football skills combined with his leadership abilities have earned him much respect and admiration among his fellow Redskin teammates (being named captain midway...

The Faux Kool Aid Of...

By Solomon Sogunru In a recent conversation that took place at my work amongst my African American male coworkers, we were baffled to know that there wasn’t one black man in a senior position. Despite having a black president, this single example exemplifies how covert, sophisticated and...

Commentary on the Mo...

By. Dr. Nicholas D. Hartlep Asian Americans are heralded as “model minorities.” What this means is that society views them positively and as American success stories. Educationally speaking Asian Americans also appear to be doing quite well. They score high on the SAT and gain...

Schooling While Blac...

By Dr. Darron T. Smith EXISTING WHILE BLACK IN AMERICA series Despite fifty years of desegregation and other significant school change efforts, students from disenfranchised social groups in the United States continue to receive substandard K-12 education and have significantly less access to...

White Fears and Mass...

By Dr. Darron Smith White Americans took the loss of Mitt Romney exceedingly hard. Mormons, in particular, are mourning the defeat of the first Latter-day Saint GOP candidate to make it as far as Romney did in a national election. But what lessons have we, the American people, actually learned...

Racializing The Jone...

By Dr. Darron Smith Black Americans have wanted, for many generations, a nation where equality of opportunity was the law of land, a place where dreams could come true regardless of skin color. Jim Jones, known by many of his followers as “father,” created the Jonestown commune—The...