Race Relations

Who’s Privileged?

September 5, 2014
Who’s Privileged?

One of the war cries of modern feminism is that of male privilege. There is no doubt that in certain areas like employment and pay, education, property rights, sexual rights, etc., men throughout the ages have enjoyed considerable advantage due to perceived gender roles. This so-called privilege has largely, but not completely dissipated in areas […]

Posted in Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Race Relations, Uncategorized, Women | 70 Comments »

MD Podcast – Charlie Harrell: This is my Doctrine

July 13, 2014
HarrelDoctrine

Mormon Discussion Podcast sits down with Prof. Charles Harrell to discuss his book “This is My Doctrine”.  Bro. Harrell discusses the complexity and difficulty in defining LDS Doctrine and the way in which we can deal with such issues. How do you differentiate between Doctrine, Policy, and Culture? What do you make of the tansfiguration […]

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Posted in Criticism, Doctrine, Faith, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Prophet, Race Relations | 4 Comments »

The Hypocrisy of the Donald Sterling Situation

May 2, 2014
The Hypocrisy of the Donald Sterling Situation

I don’t know about you but almost the instant I heard the story of Donald Sterling, billionaire Basketball team owner, slumlord, adulterer, and racist, I knew what was going to happen. And, it did…. How did this person go from well-known philanthropist and multiple recipient of NAACP awards to the new Grand Wizard of the […]

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Posted in money, Politics, Race Relations, Uncategorized | 15 Comments »

Is Free Speech Dead?

December 27, 2013
Is Free Speech Dead?

UPDATE:  A+E lifts suspension on Phil Robertson’s appearances on Duck Dynasty. New Season will  start on Jan 15 and filming for new episodes including Robertson will film in the spring.  A+E issued the following statement: “While Phil’s comments made in the (GQ) interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Christian, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Race Relations | 36 Comments »

Mandela Praised; Brigham Thrown under the Bus

December 9, 2013
Mandela Praised; Brigham Thrown under the Bus

Racial issues were prominent this past weekend.  Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95.  He was universally praised by both republicans and democrats.    Harry Reid tweeted In a way, Mandela was both the “George Washington” and “Abraham Lincoln” of his country. We’re so fortunate to have lived in his time. John Boehner […]

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Posted in History, Joseph Smith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Politics, Priesthood, Race Relations | 61 Comments »

Are These Mascots Offensive?

October 14, 2013
Are These Mascots Offensive?

Usually when I talk about racism, I talk about the past policy to deny black Mormons the priesthood and temple ordinances.  However, there are other types of racism, and Native American racism is in the news.  Many people consider that the name NFL’s Washington Redskins is a racial slur.  President Obama weighed in on the […]

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Posted in Politics, Race Relations | 56 Comments »

“We as Black People Don’t Have Respect for each other”

August 8, 2013
“We as Black People Don’t Have Respect for each other”

Charles Barkley was interviewed in the Dan Patrick Show this week where he discussed the recent racial comments made by Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper, as well as the Trayvon Martin verdict.  Barkley had some interesting views. Ninety-five percent of black people who get killed, get killed by other black people.  I don’t see […]

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Posted in America, Race Relations, Violence | 38 Comments »

How Racism, Sexism, and other Stereotypes Hurt Our Performance

July 22, 2013
How Racism, Sexism, and other Stereotypes Hurt Our Performance

We all know that racism exists.  Jeff (The Race is On) and I (The Black 14 of Wyoming) wrote about racism last week at Wheat and Tares.  But one commenter in particular said that race is not a problem.  (I don’t know what planet he lives on–apparently he lives in an area with few minorities, […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Culture, Race Relations | 31 Comments »

The Race is On

July 19, 2013
The Race is On

Firstly, let me give you my take on the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case. An unfortunate tragedy that should have been avoided. It’s a woulda, shoulda, coulda situation that ultimately cost a young man his life.  However, based on the case presented, a not guilty verdict was inevitable.  The prosecution had nothing to present that showed […]

Posted in America, Morality, Race Relations | 23 Comments »

What’s in a Mission?

July 18, 2013
What’s in a Mission?

  “There is not just one way to do mission.” (Jack Thompson) “I have the understanding of mission of being a beautiful song. We are singing a song of the kingdom of God.” (Paul Lloyd) “I see it as working in partnership with the Holy Spirit.”(Paulette Robinson) Just this week I received an email from […]

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Posted in Faith, Freedom, Mission, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Race Relations, Uncategorized, understanding | 2 Comments »

The Book of Mormon: An Imperfect Book?

June 17, 2013
The Book of Mormon:  An Imperfect Book?

Signature Books sent me an advance copy of An Imperfect Book by Earl M. Wunderli, and it is due to be released today, June 17.  (Perhaps it’s a great gift for that non-believing dad for Father’s Day.)  The subtitle to the book is “What the Book of Mormon tells us about itself.”  Wunderli takes the […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief, Race Relations, Reviews | 14 Comments »

Race Issues/MHA 2013

June 10, 2013
Race Issues/MHA 2013

Saturday was the 35th anniversary of Official Declaration 2 – the ending of the priesthood/temple restriction on black church members.  Peggy Fletcher Stack of the Salt Lake Tribune had several articles on the anniversary, and I was surprised that I was acquainted with a few of the people she interviewed in this article.  While much […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Race Relations | 4 Comments »

Trophy Converts

June 6, 2013
Trophy Converts

Do the LDS have trophy converts? Mid-may a report was published looking at the conversion experiences of British women to Islam. One of the things to come out of the report was the experience of white women: that they can be seen as trophies by heritage Muslims. In an interview with Jenni Murray on the […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, Mission, Mormon Culture, Race Relations, understanding | 22 Comments »

Jefferson’s Paradoxical Views on Race

May 27, 2013
Jefferson’s Paradoxical Views on Race

I came across an interesting documentary called Thomas Jefferson: A View from the Mountain on Netflix.  I watched it because I could see it was no longer going to be streamed, and I’m glad I did.  (I hope it will be available again.)  While the LDS Church often gets a bad rap about the ban […]

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Posted in History, Joseph Smith, Mormon, Priesthood, Race Relations | 6 Comments »

Polygamy in Britain

May 9, 2013
Polygamy in Britain

A congruence of comments on my last post, and media broadcast/articles on this subject resulted in my selection of this topic. Hawkgrrrl commented: “Interestingly, we are now in a position to have to tell converts in countries that allow polygamy that we don’t allow it as we spread to African and Asian countries. India allows […]

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Posted in Agency, Education, Freedom, Morality, Polygamy, Race Relations | 15 Comments »

Remapping the Eternal Family

March 8, 2013
Remapping the Eternal Family

Human brains naturally use locations in space and time to make sense of events. Why should we expect eternal spirits to follow that protocol? The question has always bothered me. What follows is speculation about a different way of looking at the relationship between the physical and the spiritual than the Restoration faiths adopted in […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief, Polygamy, Race Relations, Science and Religion | 32 Comments »

Mormon Doctrine: Blacks

February 25, 2013
Mormon Doctrine: Blacks

I wanted to start a new series on the book Mormon Doctrine, by Bruce R. McConkie.  Some have referred to this book (no longer being published) as “Bruce’s Doctrine.”  In Greg Prince’s biography of David O. McKay,  Prince cited a study by some general authorities that the book had over 1000 errors.  The first edition of […]

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Posted in History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Race Relations, Reviews | 43 Comments »

Ken Burns on the Context of MMM

January 28, 2013
Ken Burns on the Context of MMM

I’ve been watching Ken Burns’ 1996 documentary series on The West.  It’s a 9 part series, so it takes a bit of effort to get through.  Of course Burns spends some time discussing the Mormons, and I found his treatment of Mormons within the context of the western United States very interesting. In Part 4: […]

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Posted in History, Mormon, Race Relations | 9 Comments »

How Change Happens (or Doesn’t)

December 11, 2012
How Change Happens (or Doesn’t)

When I was a pre-teen, I remember overhearing a conversation between adults about the ERA, the political push for women to have equal rights in society and in the workplace.  I was proud to think that while others of my friends belonged to churches that led by fallible men, we had God at the helm, […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, General Conference, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet, Race Relations | 42 Comments »

Why Mormons Will Inherit America

December 8, 2012
Why Mormons Will Inherit America

Well, not really. However, with recent reports that the US birthrate has fallen to a level not seen since 1920, one starts to speculate. As Pew’s research organization reports: “The U.S. birth rate dipped in 2011 to the lowest ever recorded, led by a plunge in births to immigrant women since the onset of the […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, economics, Politics, Pride, Race Relations | 7 Comments »

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