Hollywood and audience members alike have been divided since the altercation between Will Smith and Chris Rock at The Oscars Sunday. Reverend Irene Monroe, co-host of ‘All Rev’d Up’ dissected the incident with Jim Braude and James Bennett, and talked about how it is being discussed differently among white and Black audiences.
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My columns, TV appearances, and radio commentary use an interdisciplinary approach drawing on critical race theory, African American, queer and religious studies. As a religion columnist I try to inform the public of the role religion plays in discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. Because homophobia is both a hatred of the ‘other’ and it’s usually acted upon ‘in the name of religion,’ by reporting religion in the news I aim to highlight how religious intolerance and fundamentalism not only shatters the goal of American democracy, but also aids in perpetuating other forms of oppression such as racism, sexism, classism and anti-Semitism.