N.O.W. 24 – Natasha Smith


N.O.W. is a project that allows those with profiles on Ordain Women to tell their stories.

Natasha Smith shares her thoughts and hopes about women’s ordination as a bi-racial member. Because of Ordain Women, Natasha is no longer standing alone on the outskirts of main-stream mormonism. Her hope is that one day, nobody will ever have to again.

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Episode 55: Church History in Black and White — Examining Mormonism’s Racial Past

The LDS church has a complicated history in race relations, and that history continues to shape the experience of church members today. But what does LDS racial history look like, and how do church members today experience its effects?

Join Kaimi, Janan, Trine and Danielle for a discussion about the experience of race and the LDS community (with a particular focus on women’s issues), both through church history and into the 21st Century. Continue reading “Episode 55: Church History in Black and White — Examining Mormonism’s Racial Past”

Episode 39: Mormons and Critical Race Theory

Six decades after _Brown_, five decades after the Civil Rights Act, has America evolved into a post-racial utopia where racism mostly doesn’t exist? But if that’s the case, then what could explain the persistence of troubling demographic gaps in wealth, education, crime, and dozens of other indicators?

In this podcast, Kaimi joins Janan, Trine and Danielle to discuss some of the explanations set out in a branch of progressive scholarship called Critical Race Theory (and Critical Race Feminism).

Our panel points out some of the gaps in the traditional liberal narratives about race (as well as some troubling racial dynamics in early feminism), and then focuses on responses by Critical Race Feminists, especially Kimberle Crenshaw and intersectionality theory. We also talk about ways in which women of color are depicted in the media (with a special shout-out to classic Mormon Polynesploitation cinema), and whether Mormon female identity is coded white; and we set the stage for extended discussion of family roles in Part II.


Video mentioned and briefly featured: Johnny Lingo via the Mormon Channel