Racism

Race Problems – As They Affect The Church, Convention of Teachers of Religion on the College Level, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, August 27, 1954; “I think I have read enough to give you an idea of what the Negro is after. He is not just seeking the opportunity of sitting down in a cafe where white people eat. He isn’t just trying to ride on the same streetcar or the same Pullman car with white people. It isn’t that he just desires to go to the same theater as the white people.

I wonder what this man’s thoughts were twenty four years later when the Church made their big announcement. Would this “man of God” get up and move if an African American came and sat next to him? Would he have gotten up and moved if I had sat next to him in a cafeteria?

The longer this guy went on talking, the worse he sounds.  Yet he continued…

“From this, and other interviews I have read, it appears that the Negro seeks absorption with the white race. He will not be satisfied until he achieves it by intermarriage. That is his objective and we must face it. We must not allow our feelings to carry us away, nor must we feel so sorry for Negroes that we will open our arms and embrace them with everything we have. Remember the little statement that we used to say about sin, ‘First we pity, then endure, then embrace’.” – Apostle Mark E. Peterson

I still remember the nightly news reports and watching this type of bigotry. The police hosing down demonstrators with fire hoses, the beatings of innocent people and the outright hatred for our fellow countrymen.  I can still recall my inner relief that I wasn’t darker than I already was…and how I wouldn’t share personal family information, i.e. pictures at school or church.  Most in the family inherited my father’s maternal grandmother’s physical traits; dark eyes, dark olive skin, black curly hair…

For me it was intimidating between the news reports, school, and the Church’s teachings. I can’t imagine what it’d be like for those who were/are darker than me. And then reading the Book of Mormon day after day and year after year was difficult at best.

I’d try to line up the teachings with the Bible and take both books into the bishop or my MIA teacher over the years and they always told me and the entire class that our duty was to obey the prophet’s words. They told us that someday we’d all find out the truth.

The Mormon Church’s Thirteenth Article of Faith serves as a ruse to what’s going on behind the scenes. They say they’re benevolent to other men, but does that speech sound loving? While 1978 came and went with the declaration of the Mormon god saying blacks are now in full fellowship with white Mormons, their scriptures belie their public announcement.

Blacks and other non-whites are still cursed of God –

2 Nephi 5:21; “21 And he had caused the cursing to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing, because of their iniquity. For behold, they had hardened their hearts against him, that they had become like unto a flint; wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them.”

Alma 3:6; “And the skins of the Lamanites were dark, according to the mark which was set upon their fathers, which was a curse upon them because of their transgression and their rebellion against their brethren, who consisted of Nephi, Jacob, and Joseph, and Sam, who were just and holy men.”

3 Nephi 2:14-15; “And it came to pass that those Lamanites who had united with the Nephites were numbered among the Nephites; 15 And their curse was taken from them, and their skin became white like unto the Nephites.”

Moses 7:8; “For behold, the Lord shall curse the land with much heat, and the barrenness thereof shall go forth forever; and there was a blackness came upon all the children of Canaan, that they were despised among all people.”

Moses 7:22; “…for the seed of Cain were black, and had not place among them.”

Abraham 1:24; “When this woman discovered the land it was under water, who afterward settled her sons in it; and thus, from Ham, sprang that race which preserved the curse in the land.”

D&C 3:18-20; “And this testimony shall come to the knowledge of the Lamanites, and the Lemuelites, and the Ishmaelites, who dwindled in unbelief because of the iniquity of their fathers, whom the Lord has suffered to destroy their brethren the Nephites, because of their iniquities and their abominations. 19 And for this very purpose are these plates preserved, which contain these records—that the promises of the Lord might be fulfilled, which he made to his people; 20 And that the Lamanites might come to the knowledge of their fathers, and that they might know the promises of the Lord, and that they may believe the gospel and rely upon the merits of Jesus Christ, and be glorified through faith in his name, and that through their repentance they might be saved. Amen.”

D&C 49:24; “But before the great day of the Lord shall come, Jacob shall flourish in the wilderness, and the Lamanites shall blossom as the rose.”

D&C 109:65-66; “And cause that the remnants of Jacob, who have been cursed and smitten because of their transgression, be converted from their wild and savage condition to the fulness of the everlasting gospel;66 That they may lay down their weapons of bloodshed, and cease their rebellions.” 

Pray for those who feel stuck in this that the Lord would give them strength to get out and find the real Jesus!