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Poma: LDS Members Must Do More to Fight Racism

Conference center for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in downtown Salt Lake City, photographed on Aug. 28, 2020. (The Daily Utah Chronicle | Gwen Christopherson)

By Sasha Poma, Opinion Writer

September 22, 2020

  Conversations surrounding racism and the 2020 election have prompted many institutions, including the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to reevaluate their stances and actions against racism in our communities — and rightfully so. The church and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People published an op-ed on Medium stating that they’re joining together against racism in the church c...

Barron: Vote Biden to Fulfill the White Horse Prophecy

(Photo courtesy of Nick Marsing | Manti Mormon Miracle Pageant)

By Morgan Barron, Opinion Writer

September 22, 2020

  In the June 1976 edition of the Ensign Magazine, D. Michael Stewart, a historian at BYU, chronicled a prophecy said to have been made by Joseph Smith in 1840, “This nation will be on the verge of crumbling to pieces and ... this people … shall bear the Constitution away from the very verge of...

Burton: Activists and Religious Groups Should Be Allies, Not Opponents

Speakers Daud Mumin and Abena BakenRa have a moment after speaking at the Black Lives Matter Protest held at the Utah Capitol in Salt Lake City on June 4, 2020. (Ivana Martinez | Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Logan Burton, Opinion Writer

September 22, 2020

  With protests over police brutality and discrimination still in full swing, hundreds of protestors are taking to the streets. Despite the universal ideas championed by these protestors — namely fighting racism against Black, Indigenous and people of color — reception to these protests is split. ...

Weglinski: Freshmen, Get Out of the Utah Bubble

The welcome wall on Presidents Circle at the University of Utah. Chronicle archives.

By Sonia Weglinski, Opinion Writer

September 21, 2020

  The beehive state is among the least diverse states in the US, specifically the 44th least diverse in the country. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints make up about 62% of Utah residents and white people make up 90.6% of the state’s population. Utah also falls shor...

Reese: Sorry Conservatives, the First Amendment Doesn’t Care about Your Feelings Either

Police in riot gear surround and block in protesters in the streets of Salt Lake City on July 9, 2020. (Photo by Ivana Martinez | Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Isaac Reese, Opinion Writer

September 15, 2020

  In a recent cartoon for the Salt Lake Tribune, political cartoonist Pat Bagley called attention to the high number of white nationalists that occupy law enforcement roles in the United States. This cartoon brought a protest to the Salt Lake Tribune’s printing center organized by right-wing groups such as Ut...

Barron: Sharing Facts Is Education, Not Indoctrination

Julius Rowe Jr. and his mother Danielle Rowe at the Black Lives Matter Protest at the Utah Capitol in Salt Lake City on June 4, 2020.

By Morgan Barron, Opinion Writer

September 15, 2020

  Utah’s largest police union, the Fraternal Order of Police, recently demanded that the Utah State Board of Education decry the “political indoctrination” of school children, citing an alleged incident where a teacher wore a Black Lives Matter shirt and disparaged law enforcement in front...

Alexander: Misinformation Discredits Social Activism

Social media pulled up on the phone on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (Photo by Curtis Lin)

By CJ Alexander, Opinion Writer

September 11, 2020

  No one can deny the revolutionary role that social media plays in today’s activism. With modern technology, we are able to communicate with people across the globe with just the click of a button. Ever since the Black Lives Matter hashtag emerged in 2013, social media activism has gradually grown. The #MeToo movement in 2017 also gave rise ...

Soter: Hire an Artist of Color, Destroy a Racist Monument

Attendee writes an Angela Davis quote in chalk at Washington Square Park for the Juneteenth celebration in Salt Lake City on June 19, 2020. (Photo by Ivana Martinez | Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Theadora Soter, Opinion Writer

September 9, 2020

  Fallen Monument Park in Moscow, Russia is full of statues of communist leaders, like Stalin and Lenin, who ruled Russia during the Soviet era. The park now commemorates the lives lost because of those leaders through the addition of more art, like a sculpture wall of stone heads behind a stone figure of Stalin. It honors the oppressed while ackno...

Poma: Achieving Gender Equality in Utah Will Require Better Attention to Women’s Health

Improving women's health care is essential to achieving gender equality. (Photo by Camille Rousculp | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Sasha Poma, Opinion Writer

September 8, 2020

  For the third year in a row, Utah recently ranked the worst state in the nation for women’s equality. And, sadly, most people weren’t surprised. While the announcement probably calls the gender gap in pay and leadership to mind first, it’s important to remember that gender equality s...

Soter: Why Won’t Christian Leaders Say Black Lives Matter?

Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City photographed on August 28th, 2020. (Photo by Gwen Christopherson | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Theadora Soter, Opinion Writer

September 5, 2020

  On May 25 of this year, in Minneapolis, George Floyd was brutally killed by a policeman, a civil servant who was supposed to protect him. His death, while tragic, was not surprising as he is one of the far too many Black people who have lost their lives to police brutality. This horrifying ...