Situational Analysis – March 2, 2021

Welcome to Wednesday. Today is National Anthem Day. Nearly 117 years passed after Key penned “Defence of Fort M’Henry” before it became the national anthem of the United States of America. “Hail Columbia” and “My Country’ Tis of Thee” held honorary places as patriotic songs. But, the United States didn’t have an officially declared anthem until a congressional resolution, signed by President Herbert Hoover, until “The Star Spangled Banner” became the national anthem of the United States of America on March 3rd, 1931.

The Utah legislature will spend all day on the floor debating bills. By the time a bill gets to the floor for debate, its chances of passing are pretty good. Still, there are always some surprises. Follow along at le.utah.gov

If you only have time for one thing today: Check out this piece from the Daily Herald about Dr. LaShawn Williams’ presentation at UVU on “Latter-day Saints, White Supremacy, and Black Lives Matter.” Dr. Williams, an associate professor of social work at UVU, showed a brief timeline of the history of Black members in the LDS church. “Black lives matter is an eternal truth,” Williams said, referring to the October talk by President Dallin Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency of the church. She left them with these thoughts, “Choose to be LDS first, before you’re white.”

Countdown

2 days to the end of the 2021 Utah Legislature (3/5/21) 
42 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration’s first 100 days (04/14/2021)
58 days until the Biden/Harris administration’s first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)