In 1978, the Mormon reversed a decision on its ban on black people serving in the lay priesthood, going on missions or getting married in temples. Some of you are probably thinking this is a good thing, but, remember the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964. So it took the Mormons 14 years to finally decide that they could no longer be racist.
This begs the question why are there any black people in the church in the first place, the Mormon leadership has already shown their hand.
For example, the number of black Mormons has grown but still only accounts for an estimated 6 percent of 16 million worldwide members. Not one serves in the highest levels of global leadership.
In a 2013 essay in which they disavowed the reasons behind the ban and condemned all racism. The church leadership in the essay say the reason for reversing the ban came from a revelation from God. So a Christian denomination needed a sign from God to finally condemn racism, not to even mention the horrendous scenes from the 60’s of black people having dogs stuck on them for protesting to be treated as equal.
For me, the Mormon church is just as bad any white supremacy group, in the 2013 essay, the leadership did not even offer an apology. However, they did let us know why black people weren’t allowed in the church to begin with, and reason range from black skin being considered a curse and proof of unrighteous actions in a premortal life.
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.
W. Paul Reeve, a Mormon studies professor at the University of Utah, argues people should not wait for an apology because it’s not coming, the leadership thought it was God’s will to discriminate against blacks. Therefore they are averse to offer any apology lest it lead to other church doctrines being questioned.
What else are they wrong about? Are they wrong about gay marriage? Are they wrong about female ordination?” Reeve said. “If they got race and the priesthood wrong, what else could they be wrong about? I think that’s part of the fear.
The most important question in this whole debacle is why black people insist on being part of a church that won’t even offer them an apology for discriminating against them for years and will not even make them part of the leadership.
The Mormon church should not be celebrating anything today, rather they should be ashamed of the behaviour and should be apologising for their disgraceful racist behaviour.