I had the great pleasure of speaking to Reading Religion's Assistant Editor, Kirsten Boles at last year's AAR about Race and the Making of the Mormon People. Here's a taste! The Book of Mormon was published in 1830, a time in United States history replete with racial struggles and negotiations. In such an environment, this new “gospel [...]
I had the pleasure of speaking with Mark Brodie at KJZZ (Phoenix's NPR affiliate) about Romney's senate campaign. Listen here!
At Slate, I wrote about Mitt Romney's Senate campaign (see an excerpt below. Also you can listen to piece read aloud (!) via Slate's Daily Spoken edition... the reader's mispronouncement of my name can be forgiven in light of the savior of the republic--Bob Mueller's--own failure to pronounce our shared last name). According to many, [...]
Today in "Exile, Exodus, and Zion," we talked about the rise of Jim Crow and Plessy v. Ferguson. We argued that, as was the case with chattel slavery, Jim Crow--and the legal and extralegal violence that propped it up--were experienced as forms of exile; exile from one's own nation, one's own rights, one's own self. [...]
I was so proud this Sunday. Grace Chapel's associate pastor, Steve Allen, spoke directly to the un-Christ-like language (and more importantly) sentiment that the President of the United States used to disparage refugees and immigrants from countries with majority black and brown peoples (Haiti; Africa; El Salvador). If it wasn't clear enough what he meant, [...]