Are Mormons afraid of black people?
I have been reading about Mormonism, and recently read that Mormons believe black people are demonic. So are Mormons afraid of black people? Would white Mormons allow a black person into their house? Or would you be afraid that they would brings demons into it? I know there are black Mormons, but then again there were black slaves that sided with their masters.... Anyhow, I digress, I just want to know if Mormons are afraid of black people because they are demonic. Thanks.
- phrogLv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
you've been reading incorrect stuff.
nope. not afraid - and nope. not demonic.
this from the BoM.....
2 Nephi 26:33
"For none of these iniquities come of the Lord; for he doeth that which is good among the children of men; and he doeth nothing save it be plain unto the children of men; and he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile."
- MichaelLv 68 years ago
Not at all, I'm more afraid of the racism today that can't quite be shaken. The type I'm talking about are those who keep bringing it up, those who point specifically at the LDS Church when racism was an integral part of society. Ever read Huckleberry Finn, I suggest reading it... No one suggests that Mark Twain was a racist, but his novels are FULL of racist comments by today's standards of political correctness. Every Christian Church in the 1800's was chock full of racist people, most people actually thought blacks were sub human and weren't very smart.
We have come a long way, or I should say some of us have. Others keep bringing it up time and time again, pointing fingers directly at the LDS church when their own backgrounds, or ancestry were just the same. Hypocrisy is so common today...
- PaulinaLv 44 years ago
No, black people are not discriminated against in Mormon temples. Mormons are not taught to fear the skin of a black person. As a general rule I won't trust what a former member of the Church has to say negatively about the Church. He is just trying to justify why he got out, or was kicked out.
- Anonymous8 years ago
There are Black Mormons. In fact where I live Blacks are probably about 1/4th of the Mormons here, so I would say no.
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- Fact checkLv 68 years ago
You have to separate out the LDS church as an institution from the members themselves. The members aren't bad people in general.
The church was led by some terrible racists until the 1980s, but those guys are all gone. The church stopped talking about race when they realized how badly they had played their cards. They are all about PR and image. They put themselves in a position where they can't even apologize for what they did, so all they can do is try to bury their institutional past. They send missionaries now to Africa and like to tout their growth in the area.
A lot of members have no clue about the racism in the past. Most of them were children or not even born back then, and it hasn't been discussed much since then. Most of them live in the Intermountain West where there are far fewer Blacks. They haven't been brought up with active prejudice like people in the South. They are more baffled by Blacks than fearful. I had a Black friend who moved to Utah and people actually asked her if her hair was real, and could they touch it.
Even growing up in Utah in the 1950s, I never heard anything about demonic. I'm not sure where you found that. I've watched and read a lot of church history since leaving Mormonism, and I detest what the church did back then, but I can't fault the members today - except that they are doing the exact same thing with gay hate right now ironically.
- j pLv 68 years ago
I've known too many black Mormons to believe they are demonic.
- Old Timer TooLv 78 years ago
No, and Mormons do not believe that black people are demonic. You've been duped by typical anti- literature. To find out what Mormons (members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) actually believe and teach, their manuals (including the instructor's manuals) are available for free and online.Source(s): Official "Mormon" links: http://www.mormon.org/ -- an introduction to the LDS faith. http://jesuschrist.lds.org/ -- the "Mormon" (LDS) view of Jesus Christ. http://www.lds.org/ -- contains many resources for members and those who are interested in the religion, including on-line scriptures, lesson manuals, talks, policies, and aids for LDS members. Non-official link: http://www.fairlds.org/webguide.html -- an LDS apologist site that responds to the claims made about the LDS Church by critics and anti-Mormon groups.
- KarenLv 58 years ago
We are not afraid of black people or any other people. I have many friends that are a different color of skin from me. If you have noticed the Mormon Tabernacle choir is not all white people that sing in it there is some black people in it. Also we have general authorities that are not all white.Source(s): lds
- MLv 78 years ago
I'm Mormon and I'm not afraid of black people. That includes the black members of my congregation. I don't believe that black people are demonic. I don't know what you're reading, but it's incorrect.
- AmmonLv 78 years ago
Joseph Smith proclaimed to the World...
...when I viewed the condition of men throughout the world, and more especially in this boasted realm, where the Declaration of Independence
"holds these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness;"
but at the same time some two or three millions of people are held as slaves for life, because the spirit in them is covered with a darker skin than ours...
Joseph Smith advocated that all Black people should be given their freedom, the right to vote, and 160 acres of prime farm land (under the Homestead Act) as reparations for slavery.
- Michael VLv 58 years ago
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has never, ever claimed blacks were demonic. You can scratch that bit of misinformation off your list.
These are official Church sites for correct information. This is where you will find the truth.