Nonwhitesome Mormons - Sightings (Martin Marty)
Questions about white privilege and white supremacy abound. Charlottesville highlighted this reality. The NFL protests offer another vantage point. Much is made of the 81% of so-called white evangelicals who voted for Donald Trump. Even as Americans of European descent, especially Northern European descent, lose their dominance, we see great angst expressed. This leads us to the Mormon community, an American born religion, whose sacred book speaks of a "white and delightsome people." Martin Marty points us to conversations happening in and around the LDS community regarding their racial history, especially since the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has become a global religion, whose membership is likely more non-white than white. I offer this up for your conversation. I need to add that as I grew up several of my friends were Mormons, and I always found them gracious and honorable. I share this because it reminds us that we all have histories that require our attention, and which might cause us grief. Hopefully, in time we will find a better way forward.