Now Would Be a Great Time for the LDS Church to Apologize over Past Racism

With the recent racially-based shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Texas, now would be an ideal time for an LDS Church apology for its past racism.

The LDS Church has disavowed any scriptural basis for past discrimination:

Today, the Church disavows the theories advanced in the past that black skin is a sign of divine disfavor or curse, or that it reflects unrighteous actions in a premortal life; that mixed-race marriages are a sin; or that blacks or people of any other race or ethnicity are inferior in any way to anyone else. Church leaders today unequivocally condemn all racism, past and present, in any form.

And with the recent difficulties, LDS Church members are again discussing race, and the evils of slavery and segregation (see bycommonconsent.com):

The ramifications of slavery on the fundamental unit of society [the family], everything Americans did to justify slavery and perpetuate it with the construction of racism, are so profound they are with us to this very day.  Most white people do not want to think about the lasting, generational impact of slavery: reconstruction, segregation, Jim Crow laws, lynching, redlining, poverty, the war on drugs, and ever-present police brutality, but Mormons should start thinking about all of those things as the destroyer of families and start standing up.

The destruction of the family is not just happening now, it’s been happening for hundreds of years, and you weren’t paying attention until it happened to people you know, in your culture.

And:

If there be faults in our history, they be the mistakes of men. Condemn them not for their imperfections, but do not deny their imperfections!  Moroni says we should rather give thanks to God that he makes manifest unto us their imperfections because, more often than not, they are our imperfections, too, smuggled into us through the course of history.  And once we realize that fact we might, collectively, begin to learn to be more wise than they were.  But we cannot learn from imperfections of the past if we refuse to admit they even exist or if we avoid being more specific about what they are.

Now is the perfect time for LDS Church leaders to apologize.

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3 Responses to Now Would Be a Great Time for the LDS Church to Apologize over Past Racism

  1. MTodd says:

    I’m going to hold my breath.

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