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Dr. Darron Smith: Black Men, Status Competition and the Threat of Violence

Dr. Darron Smith: Black Men, Status Competition and the Threat of Violence

By Dr. Darron Smith The emergence of American inequality began during the formation of our nation, giving rise to popular notions of our supposedly American democracy. In fact, many colonial elite Americans worked very hard to thwart any real effort toward a nation where the rights of minorities…

Dr. Darron Smith: Re-conceptualizing the black quarterback through the emergence of Robert Griffin III

Dr. Darron Smith: Re-conceptualizing the black quarterback through the emergence of Robert Griffin III

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 through his…

Dr. Darron Smith: Serena’s “Badunkadunk” and the Image of Black womanhood

Dr. Darron Smith: Serena’s “Badunkadunk” and the Image of Black womanhood

By Dr. Darron Smith It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. The recent mocking of Serena Williams, the number three-tennis player in the world, by Caroline Wozniacki, another high-ranked tennis player, is troubling. It speaks volumes to what the Williams sisters have been…

Dr. Darron Smith: Will Basketball Phenom Jabari Parker’s Mormon-ness win out over his Blackness at Brigham Young University?

Dr. Darron Smith: Will Basketball Phenom Jabari Parker’s Mormon-ness win out over his Blackness at Brigham Young University?

By Dr. Darron Smith This has been a banner year for Mormons and the LDS Church. From Mitt…

Dr. Darron Smith: Black Students’ School-to-Prison Pipeline

Dr. Darron Smith: Black Students’ School-to-Prison Pipeline

By Dr. Darron T. Smith From EXISTING WHILE BLACK IN AMERICA series Despite fifty years of desegregation and…

Dr. Darron Smith: Remembering Jonestown After 34 Years

Dr. Darron Smith: Remembering Jonestown After 34 Years

By Dr. Darron Smith Black Americans have wanted, for many generations, a nation where equality of opportunity was…

Dr. Darron Smith: Seceded States of America and Mass White Hysteria

Dr. Darron Smith: Seceded States of America and Mass White Hysteria

By Dr. Darron Smith White Americans took the loss of Mitt Romney exceedingly hard. Mormons, in particular, are…