In this two-part episode of Mormon Stories, we interview Sean Carter—traveling law humorist of Lawpsided Seminars. In this entertaining and lively interview, we discuss:
- Sean’s upbringing as a black youth in the Compton area of Los Angeles, and later in suburban L.A.
- How Sean was bused into a primarily white high school, and how he developed his talent for comedy as a way to be accepted/liked at school.
- His attempts to “exempt himself out of blackness” to keep himself safe, and to achieve success in white America.
- His path to attending Harvard Law School, where he studied law alongside Barack Obama.
- His marriage, and how his investigation of the LDS Church began as a way to “bring Jesus” to his wife.
- His experiences as an investigator learning about Mormonism from Mormon Stories Podcast and other progressive/post-Mormon sources, and how he joined the church as a non-literal-believer.
- His growing awakening as to how unsafe America can be for black people, his feelings of regret around downplaying his black identity, and growing concerns for the safety of his own children.
- His ultimate realization that the policies of the Mormon Church favored white culture, and how recent excommunications (e.g., Kate Kelly, John Dehlin) and the November 2015 LGBT policies (declaring same-sex married individuals as automatic apostates, and preventing children with gay parents from church membership) ultimately led him out of Mormonism.