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Rename Brigham Young University after a non-racist LDS authority or notable.

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Brigham Young believed, and taught as doctrine that blacks were inferior to whites. As a black member of the LDS church, and student at the University I hold no great pride in representing a school founded in the name of a racist man who belittled my heritage and perpetuated social inequality.

Brigham Young openly voiced his approval of slavery, even gave praise to Heavenly Father for having the descendents of Cain “as our servants”. Brigham Young said that black men are cursed and will never receive the priesthood until all of the descendants of Able had received the priesthood, claiming us to be “descendents of cain” due to our action/inaction in the premortal life - which the church formally disavowed as doctrine.

Interestingly enough Joseph Smith in his lifetime ordained several black and mixed-race men with the priesthood. Brigham Young spoke of the unholiness of interracial marriage, that the posterity of mixed heritages would result in the same curse of Cain to permanently follow their lineage. He believed that blacks should not have the right to vote as “they have not one particle of right to bear rule in government affairs”.

 How can an institution with the alleged motive of education, centered on the Love of Christ continue under the name of this prejudiced man? Even if he is believed to be an ordained prophet of God Prophets do not need to be perfect to be prophets. If the Book of Mormon, a canonized book of scripture, can contain “errors of men,” as it says it may contain, why should General Conference be free of any error?

 



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