An Apology for Racism from Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

An Apology for Racism from Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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The gruesome murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis by law enforcement and the momentous events that followed in the United States and throughout the world have caused all of us to stop and reflect. With broken hearts we have continued to witness the pain of racism in America and questioned our own complicity and the complicity of our institutions in the promotion of racist ideologies and behaviors. These events have caused each of us to think deeply about our role and participation in a society that is oblivious to and by its silence sanctions deep-seated racism. Our hearts not only ache for George Floyd’s family but also for all those in our own communities and throughout the world who continually experience and suffer the consequences of racism, oppression, and unequal treatment.

As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we wish to join others in a heartfelt apology for the role that we have played in promoting racist ideologies and behaviors which have injured and burdened our brothers and sisters of African descent.  As President Nelson has recently encouraged us to do, we sorrowfully repent of the sin of racism and pledge our minds, hearts, and hands to the eradication of this moral scourge in our homes, churches, neighborhoods, states and nations.  We commit to being more diligent and exemplary followers of Jesus and embrace all as brothers and sisters.  We will actively oppose and do all within our power to root out the evils of racism of any kind.  We proclaim the truth that God invites “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” for “all are alike unto God” (2 Nephi 26:33).