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The Curse of Cain.
Until 1978, the Mormon Church banned blacks from the priesthood because the church believed God had cursed blacks. By the time the ban was lifted, Mitt Romney was almost 30 years old. He sat in a racist church with racist doctrines and not only didn’t he question that doctrine, but he also went on to do missionary work overseas and eventually, became a Bishop in the church.
Later, in a 1978 letter, the Mormon church proclaimed that “all worthy male members of the Church may be ordained to the priesthood without regard for race or color.”
But the Mormon Church still hasn’t made amends for its discrimination against blacks, nor will it explain its initial decision, only going so far as to say nothing which pre-dates the 1978 revelation really matters.
The Mormon Church eventually launched an ad campaign to better market itself, but that still doesn’t answer the lingering question that many blacks ask of Mitt Romney: How could you be a part of a racist church well into adulthood?
And it certainly doesn’t answer the question that many blacks ask of black Mormons: How you could you be a part of a church that believed you were cursed until 1978?
That’s the question that no one wants to answer. Black Mormons, like Congressional candidate Mia Love, gloss over it. But no black Mormons have directly answered why they adhere to Mormonism given its racist past.
Enter Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show, which pulled together a small group of black Mormons and asked them why they’re Mormon and whether or not they’re torn about the upcoming election. It’s interesting and, as always, hilarious. Click here to watch the clip.