https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2020/06 ... MTjZ9LZAaothe nation’s oldest civil rights organization and the church have become increasingly friendly, but their emerging partnership has not borne the fruits that some NAACP leaders had hoped.
While he supports the sentiments expressed in Monday’s article, Wil Colom, special counsel to the NAACP president, said the group “hasn’t seen very much” progress on joint projects.
The LDS Church has united with the historic black activists, the Medium piece said, to explore “ways to work together to improve self-reliance and upward mobility for inner-city and minority families.”
Indeed, the two organizations have collaborated on a handful of employment and education initiatives. But those were “minor efforts,” Colom said. They “do not befit the stature and magnitude of what the LDS Church can do and should do.”
The NAACP is “looking forward to the church doing more to undo the 150 years of damage they did by how they treated African Americans in the church,” Colom said, and by their “endorsement of how African Americans were treated throughout the country, including segregation and Jim Crow laws.”
Derrick Johnson — the NAACP president and CEO, who signed the op-ed with Nelson and who met in Salt Lake City with the Latter-day Saint leader in May 2018 — said Monday that Colom was authorized to speak for the organization.
there seems to be “no willingness on the part of the church,” Colom said, “to do anything material.”
He looks forward “to their deeds matching their words,” he said. “It’s time now for more than sweet talk.”
I hope we can have this discussion in a respectful way and keep this largely apolitical. The church has had a poor history with what we now know to be racism. The church has made large strides in this area.
I am contemplating a temple recommend question that would ask if the individual harbors racist views or in any way discriminates against others by the color of their skin."Church leaders today unequivocally condemn all racism, past and present, in any form.” Race and the Priesthood essay published 12/13
Would such a question be effective at giving the church's stated opposition to racism some teeth? To me this is similar to the question about not forgetting your child support payments. What unintended negative ripple effects might result from such a question?
What other steps might the church make to reinforce it's commitment against racism?
Given how slowly the church moves (it was 20 years after the Manifesto that the church became really serious about discontinuing polygamy), are we expecting too much too fast from the church? The essay on Race and the Priesthood came out only 7 years ago. How much time might the "old guard" need to jettison old ways of thinking regarding race?