When the LDS church issued its statement a week ago on the history of its priesthood ban for black men, I posted the link on Facebook and introduced it saying:
“I have long held that you can be a fully committed and believing Mormon and still believe the reason the priesthood was denied to blacks was the racism of LDS members themselves. So it’s with that lens that I read this work and see it saying much the same thing, only in several hundred more words.”
I thought about posting a much simple intro:
“Bottom line: We were racists.”
As of this writing there are 160 comments on the entry. It seems to have died down.
Peggy Fletcher Stack at the Salt Lake Tribune wrote a pretty comprehensive story about the issue.
But I thought the conversation on KUER’s RadioWest program, posted on the Mormon Stories site, went into a lot of angles others had not.