Race

Reviewing Religion of a Different Color

I finally finished Paul Reeve’s book Religion of a Different Color.  Paul highlights the strange evolution of Mormons, once seen as not white enough, now seen as too white. From page 270, …as late as 2012 the perception persisted in some corners that Mormons were racist and that there were few or no black Mormons.  […]

Blacks and Gays

I am still appalled by the new church policy banning baptisms for children of gays and polygamists until age 18. A distant relative of mine was just released as stake president, and I told him that I feel this new church policy has set the church back 100 years.  That was an understatement; it’s more […]

Are Cops in Schools a Good Thing?

With the recent school shootings, many have called upon armed police officers to be stationed in schools as a protection measure for students from school shooters.  Of course nobody wants mass shootings.  Many of the people calling for police officers don’t seem to address the issue of how much extra tax money it will take […]

Lester Bush Looking Back 40 Years

Lester Bush gave the McMurrin Lecture at the University of Utah on Oct 8, 2015.  These are my notes from his lecture.  He discussed the changes over the last 40 years since he wrote his groundbreaking article Mormonism’s Negro Doctrine.  Paul Reeve introduced Bush.  (I tried to make this as readable as possible–some parts may […]

White Dudes Talk about Race

I attended Black, White, and Mormon, “A CONFERENCE on the EVOLVING STATUS of BLACK SAINTS WITHIN the MORMON FOLD” at the University of Utah a few days ago.  I took a lot of notes from the speakers, and had planned to give an overview.  Lester Bush gave an outstanding speech Thursday evening.  I should have started with his […]

MHA 2015 in Review

The Annual Mormon History Association meetings came to Provo last night.  Last year it was in San Antonio, and next year it will be at Snowbird Resort in Utah.  Sometimes I like it better when it’s out of town, because I can attend all the sessions.  When I’m home, there’s just too much going on, […]

Posts Restored – Back to the Present

Many of you have noticed a blast from the past on my blog.  Back in Feb 2013, my host server crashed and I had to back up my blog and try to restore it.  I picked WordPress.com, thinking that was a good choice.  Well, it didn’t restore all my posts–I was missing about 150 of […]

Remembering Black Protests of the 1960s-70s

In my previous post on how to agitate faithfully, I noted that the only revelations we have received in the past 125 years came about as a result of agitation.  With regards to polygamy, the US government agitated in such a coercive manner that we got the Manifesto in Official Declaration 1 in which Wilford […]

Congo Q&A with Margaret Young

February is Black History Month.  Margaret Young, who teaches writing at BYU, has been heavily involved in writing LDS black history.  She has helped write the play, I Am Jane, a story about early black Mormon Jane Manning James, and has produced 2 films about black Mormons.  Her first film came out in 2008 and […]

Utah’s Ferguson Problem

While most of the country is focusing on the shooting of a black man in Ferguson, Missouri by a white police officer, the small town of Saratoga Springs, Utah has a similar controversy brewing.  Several people called the police about a 22 year old black man, Darrien Hunt, who was walking around a shopping center with […]