This may eventually land in the cave, but I hope not. I know a lot of people are fatigued by the constant playing of the race card in the media, but it seems there really might be something to this story.
Clearly, though, something is amiss at BYU, where around 23 percent of the athletes are minorities, according to the university. Only .6 percent of the student body is black (176 out of the 32,947 students enrolled in 2010). Yet a majority of the honor code violations involve black athletes. Do these numbers mean these athletes "sin" more than everyone else? Hardly. Several former BYU football players told us that their white teammates routinely broke the honor code and got away with it, either because they didn't get caught or because their violations were covered up. (To a lesser extent, this holds true for Polynesian athletes, 14 of whom are included in our honor code tally. More on that later.) Mormon athletes can turn to bishops and church leaders from their own homogeneous communities — people who look like them and might even be related to them — to "repent" and avoid official punishment. Black athletes, who are typically non-Mormon, rarely have this option.
Why would you even remotely consider going to BYU if your non-Mormon?
Maybe you are an insecure young man who is incapable of growing facial hair. If you go to another institution, you risk being singled out and mocked for this follicle faux pas; however, at BYU you are just staying in line with the Honor Code.
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