I must precede this by pointing out that this is not an argument against the LDS Church, nor any other. It is a look into the clutches of power and human abuse. Temptations from which no particular faith is likely to protect one. I’ve long struggled with the concepts of religion. Having been born into one of only two non-LDS families in the town in which I was raised. Early on I was an absolute, true believer, but so was everyone. I didn’t even know that there were such creatures as non-Mormons even though the paternal side of my family were exactly, and profoundly, that. I was raised as a Mormon to avoid the kind of discrimination that an outsider suffers in any ideological community. I eventually came to realize that my dad and paternal grandparents were Presbyterians, and knowing my grandfather to be one of the finest, most benevolent people on the planet, I began to have some difficulty with my “faith,” but although young, I understood the beauty of one of the most basic core principles of Christianity. “And above all things have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8.
As a youth I was surrounded by people who didn’t actually practice this love, particularly when it came to Black America. I remember being taught in Sunday School that Black people were suffering from “The Curse of Cain,” and that one day they would become righteous, their skin would fade to pale, and they would then be able to hold “the priesthood.” So, while there was hope for the future, Black Americans were, in the early ‘60s in my neighborhood, “niggers,” and were the cause for their own suffering.
This was also the era of civil rights growth in America. In the evenings, on the news we witnessed reports of rioting and unrest, which in my community, was considered to be stupid “niggers” ruining their own lives. When when it actually was the birth of the American Civil Rights movement. At home my father would explain the absurdity of the situation Black Americans had always faced, the situations they had been forced into, AND the nobility of some of their leaders (Martin Luther King, Jr.). My father would use the attitude of our community as an example, blending quotes of Martin Luther King and the horrendous history of Black America. The battle that the democrats were (and, sadly, still are) waging against Black America.
The bright side of this picture, from my perspective, is witnessing the greatest growth of actual Civil Rights on the globe being centered in America. The mistaken principles of racial prejudice were rapidly being swept away. The LDS Church was far from exclusive in their racist practices of the day, it was typical. Looking at the picture historically, Joseph Smith is said to have ordained several Black Americans into the priesthood. While it later becomes obvious that Brigham Young was indeed racist, the fact is that the Early LDS church actually suffered from the effect of racism rather than exercising it. It was written in that time, “As the promulgators of this extraordinary legend maintain the natural equality of mankind, without excepting the native Indians or the African race, there is little reason to be surprised at the cruel persecution by which they have suffered, and still less at the continued accession of converts among those who sympathize with the wrongs of others or seek an asylum.” Hardly the appearance of racism.
The sad fact is that racism has always been a part of human life. It is grounded in the natural discrimination against people or items differing from the familiar. The most familiar to all of us, is self; and right or wrong, it is normal to see oneself in a kinder light. Ethnicity, race, religion, region and language are some of the few factors that people use to discriminate against other people. It has influenced wars, slavery, the formation of nations, and legal codes.
As the political world evolves, members of the “ruling” community tend to take advantage of any possibility to advance their own agenda. Thus there is indeed institutional racism in America and the principle institution is not a religion but rather a politic, the Democrat party.
The Democrat party actually began engaged in war to preserve slavery. Fortunately, they lost that battle, but that didn’t change their ideology. They founded the KKK in 1865, the most notorious terrorist organization in America. They have lynched well over 3000 people in the United States, mostly Black but many Republicans. Democrats today are still pushing abortion which kills over a thousand Black Americans every day.
LBJ famously said in support of the “Great Society” racist lie, “I’ll have those n***ers voting Democrat for 200 years.” The Great Society program actively discouraged marriages in Black America, driving black birth illegitimacy rates from 20% in 1960 to 77% by 2017. The Department of Justice published a report in 1998, showing that 63% of youth suicides and 70% of youths in state institutions are from fatherless homes. “Since 1973, abortion on demand in black America has taken more lives than homicides, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and HIV/AIDS combined, and has become the No. 1 cause of death in the black community” (Walter Hoye, founder and president of the Issues4Life Foundation). Where’s the vaccine for that? [in the voting booth]. A year after the Great Society, President Johnson signed the Hart-Cellar Act, opening the floodgates of mass immigration into the low-skilled job market. Since then, adult black men have participated in the labor force at lower and lower rates, from 79% in 1973 to 68% in 2018” (Christian Hartsock).
The Democrat party, hand in hand with the American “education” [indoctrination] system are currently at work promoting Marxist “critical theory,” which comes in a variety of versions such as Critical Race Theory, Critical Criminology, Critical Pedagogy, etc.
The same nefarious bunch is harvesting the absurd “hate crime” ideology. Smollet is but one example of the liberal harvesting of this lie. The truth is that fewer than 1 in 3 of such allegations are legitimate. To witness some of the greatest “news stories” lies, look at the media “reporting” on police shootings of “innocent” blacks. Using these media lies, democrats are encouraging domestic terrorism, riots, bombings, looting, murders. Follow this with the disastrous defunding of police departments which does its greatest damage in underprivileged, black neighborhoods.
We have the wondrous work of Joe Biden in getting thousands more Black Americans locked in prison. “That crime bill, that 1994 crime bill, it did contribute to mass incarceration in this country” Kamala Harris, (before she began whoring for Biden). Statistically the damage done to Blacks by the Biden Crime Bill is blatantly obvious.
Hilliary Clinton heaps praise upon one of the most horrendous racists in American History: “I admire Margaret Sanger enormously her courage, her tenacity, her vision . . . And when I think about what she did all those years ago in Brooklyn, taking on archetypes, taking on attitudes and accusations flowing from all directions, I am really in awe of her.”
Really Hilliary? According to Sanger, “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members,” “The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” “We want a world freer, happier, cleaner we want a race of thoroughbreds.”
Biden, who recognized The oBama thusly, “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” Or Democrat Senator Robert KKK Byrd, “Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.” Biden, “Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.” Dan Rather, “(Obama’s) a nice person, he’s very articulate this is what’s been used against him, but he couldn’t sell watermelons if it, you gave him the state troopers to flag down the traffic.” Democrat abortionist, Ron Virman, “Let me see one of you adopt one of those ugly black babies.” Rashida Talib, “There’s always kind of a calming feeling I tell folks when I think of the Holocaust…” which she followed with lies about her Arab ancestors providing a “safe haven” to Jews. Democrat President Harry Truman, “I think one man is just as good as another so long as he’s not a n**ger or a Chinaman. Uncle Will says that the Lord made a White man from dust, a n**ger from mud, then He threw up what was left and it came down a Chinaman. He does hate Chinese and Japs. So do I. It is race prejudice, I guess. But I am strongly of the opinion Negroes ought to be in Africa, Yellow men in Asia and White men in Europe and America.” Louis Farrakhan, “The Jews don’t like Farrakhan, so they call me Hitler. Well, that’s a good name. Hitler was a very great man. He rose Germany up from the ashes.” I could fill pages with this racist crap.
The Democrat party remains the home of institutional racism in America. And yes, it remains Trump’s fault! (er somethin’).