Posts Tagged ‘ racism ’

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 »

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 »

Is This Racist?

September 10, 2013
Is This Racist?

Are we becoming hypersensitive to racism in the US?  Will our perspectives be viewed as racist by future generations the older we get as those views of prior generations appear to us? Singapore practices what I would call “institutionalized racism.”  There is a hierarchy within the races in the country, and some races are given […]

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Posted in Agency, America, economics, Education, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized, understanding | 9 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 Black 14 of Wyoming

July 15, 2013
The Black 14 of Wyoming

Margaret Young organized a special meeting at BYU on Saturday night.  She invited Mel Hamilton to discuss his experiences as part of the Black 14 protest against BYU in 1969.  Mel grew up Catholic in North and South Carolina.  In 1965, he was recruited to be part of the University of Wyoming football team.  Arriving […]

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Posted in Mormon, Priesthood | 27 Comments »

Brother Jake: Mormons are not Racist

May 1, 2013
Brother Jake: Mormons are not Racist

I enjoyed my experiment with Mormonism and sexism so much that I decided to do the same with Mormonism and racism. The results were remarkably similar. One thing making this video got me thinking about was the light of Christ. In LDS scripture, the light of Christ is characterized not only as the force that […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 39 Comments »

Racist, Sexist, Treasonous, Militant Hymns

November 13, 2012
Racist, Sexist, Treasonous, Militant Hymns

As  child, I always wondered what the bumpy image on the hymn book was.  I had never seen the tabernacle, and had no idea the image was organ pipes.  As I would make rubbings of the image with a crayon or press it with silly putty, I envisioned it being some sort of temple ruin […]

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Posted in America, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Race Relations | 38 Comments »

Apologies & Disavowals

September 18, 2012
Apologies & Disavowals

A recent Huffington Post article discussed the difficulty the Mormon church has in making an official apology for the Priesthood Ban, and according to the article, the reason is not racism.  This will come as no surprise to most Mormons who are not racist but hesitate to completely throw revered prophets and church leaders under […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Priesthood, Prophet, Race Relations, Science and Religion | 19 Comments »

Should the Church Apologize for the Ban?

June 11, 2012
Should the Church Apologize for the Ban?

Following up with the conversation on whether the timing of the 1978 revelation was correct, Brad Kramer and Marguerite Driessen disagreed on the necessity of whether the LDS Church should repent for the previous restrictions on black church members.  You might be surprised at their stances.  Here’s more of their conversation on whether an institution […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 83 Comments »

Was 1978 the right year?

June 4, 2012
Was 1978 the right year?

As we come upon the 34th anniversary of the lifting of the priesthood/temple ban, I thought it would be interesting to discuss whether 1978 was the “right year”.  The priesthood and temple ban was lifted in a 1978 revelation given to President Spencer W. Kimball and the Twelve Apostles.  With Civil Rights being a big […]

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The cultural situatedness of theology

April 25, 2012
The cultural situatedness of theology

How do we deal with scriptures that offend our modern sensibilities? Even if we can be wrong, why defer to the past?

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Posted in Uncategorized | 23 Comments »

Misunderstanding Racism

April 16, 2012
Misunderstanding Racism

With Randy Bott’s comments in the Washington Post a few weeks ago, the subject of the Priesthood Ban has become a hot topic of late.  Jeff Spector feels that racism is the wrong word to describe the Priesthood Ban.  He says, “To me, there is a difference between been a racist and being prejudiced.”  I […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 92 Comments »

Rick Santorum vs. LDS.org

February 28, 2012
Rick Santorum vs. LDS.org

I recently chortled my way through an article that listed 9 controversial Rick Santorum quotes.  About halfway through I paused and thought, “Hey, some of these aren’t that far off things I believe might have been said in various church publications on LDS.org.”  Let’s see if I’m right. Feminism & Family Values Santorum on birth control.  […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, Politics | 50 Comments »

William McCary: the black prophet

August 1, 2011
William McCary: the black prophet

In a previous post, I documented Early Black Mormons, and gave a brief history of some of them.  William McCary is a little-known black Mormon from the early days of the church.  He was ordained an Elder by Apostle Orson Hyde in October 1846 and was known as the “black prophet.”  McCary claimed to be part-Indian, […]

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Mormons were Anti-Slavery and Anti-Abolitionist

July 18, 2011
Mormons were Anti-Slavery and Anti-Abolitionist

Newell Bringhurst’s book Saints, Slaves, and Blacks: The Changing Place of Black People Within Mormonism is a fascinating look at the church’s relationship to black people from 1830 to 1980.  I wanted to share some impressions from the first few chapters. Some people have incorrectly asserted that early Mormons were abolitionists.  Abolitionists were seen as radicals back […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 63 Comments »

Benson, Eisenhower, and Communism

November 15, 2010
Benson, Eisenhower, and Communism

I’m not sure why President Benson is so popular lately.  I wanted to follow up on Will’s post, Were President Benson’s Words Prophetic? In Sunday’s Salt Lake Tribune, FBI files shed light on Ezra Taft Benson, Ike and the Birch Society.  In July, I promised to talk about President Benson’s politics, and I guess the timing is […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 38 Comments »

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