William James

William James
We must get by on what truth we have today, and be willing to call it error tomorrow.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

On Institutionalized Racism In The LDS Church Today

A poll asked the following questions:

"Has (or did) the restriction on Blacks holding the Priesthood… Institutionalized racism within "The Church"? Rate Topic: 2 Votes Poll: Racism (60 member(s) have cast votes)
Is racisim institutionalized within "The Church"?
Yes (11 votes [18.33%])
Percentage of vote: 18.33%
No (41 votes [68.33%])
Percentage of vote: 68.33%
Somewhat (8 votes [13.33%]"

To which I responded:

I voted "no" even though the effects of previously institutionalized racism persist somewhat today. Leaders continue on occasion to counsel people not to marry a member of another race, but I would not consider this "institutionalization" becuase there is no outright prohibition or saction tied to going against this advice.

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