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Black and Mormon Paperback – February 27, 2006
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The authors write in the Introduction to this 2004 book, "The primary goal of this volume is to inform the reader about the current situation of African-American Latter-day Saints as it has evolved over the past quarter century. But it is hoped that these essays will also stimulate continual open discussion concerning persistent problems involving race and racism, along with prospects for future progress.Read more ›
Sadly for me, it seemed he did not think so highly of me. I was shocked and really honestly confused when he called me a racist to my face. I never understood what I had done or said or how I acted, if I had acted any differently around him than anyone else, to be accused of such a repugnant title. I've thought about that many many times since then (25 years ago) as the description hurt me very much and has always been so polar opposite to how anyone else has described me before then, and since, regardless of their race/ethic/religion/politics. I am still quite sorry that I gave him that impression.
I can only conclude that others have probably given him that impression throughout his life despite (like me) having also held him in the highest regard as a human being and a child of God, bar none.
That said, I am so grateful that his testimony in the gospel is still so firm. It has also meant so much to me, and of course that does not include the mormon-folklore promoted by Alvin R Dyer or Mark E Petersen or others ... falsehoods that are not in harmony with revelations through Joseph Smith. I hope someday when we slough off this mortal shell that he can look upon my bared soul and see that whatever he felt earned me that title when he and I were acquainted is not, will not, be there in any way.Read more ›
All essays written here proves to be well written, well research and highly informative to the subject at hand. Some of the authors are black LDS members and their words and perceptions may surprise many of the white LDS members who may read this book. Many of the essays overlapped each other due to the narrow subject matter and sometimes, that helped to reinforced the information. The book is only 172 pages and that includes the index and footnotes pages.
It is no great secret that LDS practiced overt racism toward their black members before the ban was lifted and relied on old near-mythological doctrines to denied many of their black membership, the full fellowship into their ranks. The book explained these doctrines very clearly and how they became part of the accepted practice of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints until that fateful day in June 1978.
The book also sadly reflects on LDS refusal to confront their own racist history and how such attitude hampered their efforts to deal with these problems they have with their non-white members - especially blacks.Read more ›
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As an LDS reader, I suppose I was probably looking for more than this book could provide: what is the origin of the pre-1978 exclusion of Blacks from the Priesthood. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Elliott D Petty
I was disappointed in this book for a few reasons:
1. Although it is written and compiled by Mormon authors, there is hardly a trace of faith or Gospel in these... Read more
Should be read by all African-American members who question importance of race over faith. The answer should be quite obvious.Published on May 11, 2013 by Ron T. Ogburn