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In many cases, statements were grounded in scripture.Taken together, critics maintain the historical record reveals a systematic, intentional, deeply entrenched policy of racial discrimination that was based in scripture and endorsed at the highest levels.Introduction Member beliefs LDS leaders' racist comments Modern prophet interviewed Bigoted LDS scriptures? Protest from a faithful member Book: Mormonism & the Negro Church's response Critics' summary Editor's comments Links Most Latter-day Saints are fully aware that black men were excluded from the priesthood from its inception till 1978.
For example, historians have identified hundreds of blatantly racist statements made by past Church prophets and leaders, including Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, Wilford Woodruff, and John Taylor.The Book of Mormon states, 'black and white, bond and free, male and female; … We do not tolerate racism in any form." In 2006, then Church president Gordon B.Hinckley declared that, "no man who makes disparaging remarks concerning those of another race can consider himself a true disciple of Christ.The leaders of the church up through the 1970s made it very clear why blacks were denied the priesthood.There are too many comments to list them all but here is a sample of the comments made by various LDS officials (emphasis added): has been misunderstood, we feel in duty bound to state, in this Extra, that our intention was not only to stop free people of color from emigrating to this state, but to prevent them from being admitted as members of the Church.
People were born black because they were less valiant in the pre-existence.