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  1. The comparison countries at hand. I don’t think the US is the worst country ever and there are several countries that are far worse off in several areas. It may be helpful to also ask what it would take for you to move from your country to one that you don’t speak the language at all or minimally and leave your loved ones often for years in order to make money. Personally it would have to be some dire straits and that’s often what you’re getting with people migrating. Whether in terms of safety, dwindling funds, or something similar, they’re often coming from difficult circumstances that neces
  2. Danzo, it’s not an either/or thing. It’s a little more of a yes/and. Discussing group or community trends, concerns, and needs doesn’t mean that each individual will experience each of these concerns in the same way. It also doesn’t mean that the individual can completely override their social circumstances. I’m also not sure if you fully got my point. So I’ll use your example. Let’s say going into the assignment you had a really big bias against specialty wards and assumed people were better off without them (obviously you probably wouldn’t have taken the assignment. But it could be
  3. There’s a balance. Due to the racial and historical hierarchy that still exists in the US, there is still common experience, concerns, and interests with a lot of minority folk. I feel more at home in a ward that speaks a language I’m still not perfect in than I do with our very white LDS (and Utahn influenced) stake presidencies are talking to us. My experiences from them are very different in many ways, but there is also commonality in our experiences with the dominant society. I’ve seen that balance tip quite often the other problematic direction by those who use voices from minor
  4. Let me see if I can clarify by first externalizing the experience. Let’s say tomorrow you move to Canada for the next 10 yrs. By the end of 10 years you, being on of only a few Americans living long term in Canada have likely developed a lot of friendships of Canadian friends. You likely may have met and become friends with an expat community, as is common for a lot of people, but when you go to church, work, out around town etc. you are more likely to experience Canadian things, cultural quarks, references etc. meanwhile you averag Canadian is less likely to have the reverse experience. They
  5. That might be the important part here. Myself and many that I also know definitely do not feel that way. with luv, BD
  6. It is off topic, but there’s been that before and rongo said he didn’t mind. Personally I always found the either/or language with free will and determinism odd. It was alway yes/and to me. Being a cultural chameleon is in itself based from a subset of cultural experiences. And my cultural/lived experiences definitely effect my outlook and decisions. I don’t freely choose the lens I’ve been given. But I can choose to some degree what I focus my gaze on. with luv, BD
  7. Latinx is newish and you’re right, it isn’t largely catching on. I’ve heard some younger kids use it, but overall it’s not a thing. BIPOC is like using internet slang outside of the internet. How many people would know what BoM or CoJCoLDS meant even if lds? The context tends to throw people off because the acronym isn’t used in IRL. I’m far more like to hear the individual race or “person of color” or brown/black, etc. that said I don’t think it’s much of a problem or even surprise that a report meant for an academic setting to academic faculty is using more academic than common vernacu
  8. I would first assume there would be more “ties” in mechanized processes than there would be holistic approaches. By nature, mechanized approaches are more likely to take superficial looks at students and usually it’s on the superficial/achievement level that students end up with tied marks. I know I keep going back to my masters, but it’s the only one that I got to visibly interact, later hear about, and even marginally participate in the process. When we got to interviews, we were chosen based on our general achievements/scores: essays, profiles, schools, GPA’s, etc. We were effectively all f
  9. Thanks! I don’t have a tech savvy bone in my body. I’ll be sure to try it.
  10. i am glad that you dislike discrimination and racism to any degree. But what I’ve been reading states to me that you and others hold some serious blindspots as to both of those. Proactive steps are needed to not only make sure racism is reduced permanently on campus but to also check our systems to inadvertently support racism systems. Not in the sense that I think most of admissions active hates BIPOC folk. But that what we view as normal, signs of a “good” student, or should be expected may be shortchanging potential students the opportunities disproportionately given to white ones.
  11. Here is the full report: https://race.byu.edu/00000177-d543-dfa9-a7ff-d5cfc1dc0000/race-equity-belonging-report-feb-25-2021?fbclid=IwAR0r2dthS8zJpcY83eEZzwM0cmJIdRiwbs9tyWoxhqke34TT7Mr8N6CmH0E The graph I mention is on page 33.
  12. I went to Byu for my undergrad 2006-2013 (mission break+super senior) then for my grad 2013-2015. At the time of admissions for my students undergrad it was about the same rate of admissions as it is now. Compared to other upper league schools, that’s actually not that high. My masters program was extremely competitive and actually had a high rejection rate. Currently it’s at a 20% acceptance rate. My cohort had a slightly higher rate at I think 25%. I feel for those wanting the BYU experience but can’t get in. But I’ve rarely seen a case where it wasn’t pretty clear why they didn’t make it to
  13. The way most the genetic tests work is through population correlations. As in your genes have similar small divergences with certain other groups endemic to a specific area. I’ve watched a few where they would name a certain group that’s say apart of an enclave community in the US from the 1800’s or something. Early mormon pioneers would fit that bill. A specific population moved in bulk to the mountain west and started breeding almost entirely with each other, making their dna over time minutely distinctive from surrounding pops and even their original homelands. Which is why I almost always
  14. Yeah, I have a group on FB with a bunch of preggo ladies from when I was preggo and it was rife with misinformation. It was astounding, even though I know there were a disproportionate number who were vax-skeptical on a good day, it was still crazy to me. One lady said she’d gotten sick with severe covid, was hospitalized, got pneumonia and was STILL more leery about the vaccine.
  15. Got my first one last week and need to schedule for the booster. So obviously I'm for it! (in UT at least, mental health therapists were considered essential and allowed to sign up after certain medical staff in the first wave). For the record, there's been no side-effects. My arm definitely hurt the day after (like someone punched me) and I felt a little like when you're just starting a cold. No regrets. I definitely believe it's a miracle and a blessing. Edit: for the record, I got the moderna vaccine With luv, BD
  16. Enabled...as in permitted or allowed. Any way you put it, the 3/5 compromise was a compromise on human dignity and a large population in the colonies that had effectively no legal voice or say in the formation of the nation and what their lives would entail. Most born at that time would never taste freedom. Hoping something would just die out isn’t actively persuing a goal. And this post is a great example of what I mean by soft-pedaling the issues and contradiction/ struggles in US history in insisting on American exceptionalism and moreso the mythos around our country as opposed to the full
  17. Well, from what I’ve read from this thread and gathered elsewhere, i read these verses very differently from you. For one, I read these more about principle than fully about one single document. The principle behind it is “constitutional” which is describing a type of governing style that’s people led and promotes the rights of all. At this point in history, even the US constitution would have been at best aspirational to these verses. It epically failed at protecting all flesh and enabled both physical slavery for almost another century and then did little to curb suppression and bondage thro
  18. He could be....he seems to stumble a lot over his words a bit and seems a little unaware that he’s going too long with the BoM explanations. He doesn’t seem to gage social cues well.
  19. That’s very common for people who do something really bad. They’re usually fairly normal, but a set of cultural and personal circumstances and beliefs often lead them down a terrible path. It’s why I think a lot of people often struggle to come to terms that this person they knew and liked did something horribly wrong....including at times the person themselves. with luv, bd
  20. That would have been so interesting! I kinda see your point and @carbon dioxide as having a similar theme to it. And there's value in stepping back in evaluating whether we're getting stuck in what's just temporary and circumstantial. I'm also concerned though that we can step too far back and disengage to a point that we become apathetic to what's happening around us in our societies. When we disengage too much, it often leaves a vacuum that gives disproportionate voice to the most impassioned (and therefore often some of the more extreme ends). And that can be its own problem. I'll be
  21. Hi Mike, Thanks for adding your thoughts. I'm trying to respond without diving too much into the political aspect because of board rules...but I appreciate a sincere answer too. For the record, since I don't think we've ever interacted, I'm a very liberal sort of gal. I did try to be more even-handed with my critiques of Trump at the beginning of his presidency. It lasted about 6-ish months. I couldn't do it. What he was doing was beyond just policy disagreements in effect for me and many that I knew and loved. BUT I didn't want to fall into the trap of assuming the worst of those who co
  22. It's okay. It's easier said than done. I Know part of this, particularly when we go outside of just the local church community needs to include discussions on politics, larger social dynamics, etc. But I think starting local, within our communities of direct influence (wards, friends, and family), is probably a good place to start since when people start to go down that rabbit hole it's those closest to them that will have the best chance of pulling them back out....and though it's a small slither of the overall problems with extremism, I still think it's an important start. And trust me
  23. Again, please mind the political stuff as much as possible. I seriously don’t want this to become political. I find it problematic to write off people we disagree with. Frankly to me that goes strongly against what Oaks mentioned. Labeling people with pejorative descriptions such as “derangement” also doesn’t do much but maintain our sense of self-righteous divisions. And I say that knowing that I’ve had that tendency as well. It is far easier to write off people as stupid, insane, backwards, etc than it is to engage and work to understand their views and where they’re coming from.
  24. I had an aha moment a little while back that change my position with the end of times. I realized that most of the verses that focus on it also focus on our part in continuing to create a zion society...insomuch that what binds Satan is our attitudes and focus have turned toward a peaceful society emblematic of how God would want us to treat others. I do think there’s this focus on either storage supplies that goes wayyyyy over board where people just jump right into doomsday prepping as well as a fatalistic attitude towards events and problems around us as “signs of the times” and there’s
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