Monday, January 15, 2007

Martin Luther King Jr: "I Have A Dream." Too bad the Mormon Hierarchy Never Had that Dream And Never Will!!



I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.

We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.

We cannot turn back.

There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. *We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by a sign stating: "For Whites Only."* We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream."

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest -- quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."²

This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:

My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.

Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride,

From every mountainside, let freedom ring!

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.

And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.

Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.

Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.

Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.

But not only that:

Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.

From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

Free at last! Free at last!

Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

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I just felt that I needed to post this, to hopefully help others out there to see and understand that racism is wrong and despicable, especially the TBMS that defend the racism of Mormonism. Martin Luther King Jr. was an amazing man that took on the world to earn equality for the black people. Utah is a very racist state and was of course the last state out of 50, to make Martin Luther King Jr. day an official holiday.

It's also no coincidence that a majority Mormon state would not want to celebrate "Martin Luther King Jr. day, is it? In fact, the Legislature still starts their session every year on Martin Luther King Jr. day, because they really don't give a damn and I guess they want the world to know it. They have drawn strong criticism from around the country, from civil rights groups for doing it, but stand strong and refuse to change it.


Also, it should be noted that their isn't one black man in the legislature of Utah and that should come as no surprise and also help explain why they always meet on the Martin Luther King Holiday. It also explains why they can change the Constitution so that businesses don't have to pay taxes on office furniture, for example, but why they won't change the day they begin meeting for the new year. Just more typical racism and racist attitudes in predominantly Mormon and very white Utah.

The roots of Utah and its founders(Brigham Young and his racist cronies) are deeply based on racism that still exists today within the current Mormon Hierarchy, especially Hinckley, who calls the past racist teachings of Mormonism to be "little flicks of history and in the past." Then he usually goes off on some tangent about how he's been to Africa and how we are teaching "them" and that they(the blacks) are even leading their own congregations, etc.

Oh, does he think that they're incapable and below him(a Caucasian man) or something? Of course he does and that's why he won't even call any black men to be a Seventy or an Apostle, as he hasn't called even ONE black man, on his watch, to be a Mormon General Authority, but did release(6 months after taking over as Prophet) the only black General Authority the Mormon church has ever had, Helvécio Martins .


I guess they are all either unworthy or incapable right? Of course the TBMS will say it's God making the call, not Hinckley and that would explain why Richard Hinckley was called to be a Seventy and then Gordon was so afraid of nepotism, right? Wake up TBMS, as God has NOTHING to do with it and it's so damn obvious!!

If God can give the revelation of a calling or a revelation as to whether someone is masturbating, to a Bishop, Stake President or Mission President or reveal to Hinckley how many earrings a woman can wear in her ears, then surely he could have told the Prophet that the Seventy George P. Lee was sexually molesting a little girl, right? Oh, wait, we have our free agency and they claim that God can't ever intervene(unless it's for a WORTHY Mormon or the 116 pages that disappeared, etc, etc) and has to let the rapists, pedophiles, child molesters and murderers do their thing, because it's all part of God's grand plan. Yeah, some damn plan!!


Maybe someday when or if they or a loved one are a victim, and I sincerely hope that nobody is; they might feel differently? Too bad somebody has to be victimized in order to understand and be compassionate to those that have already experienced something terrible. We obviously can't understand fully what someone has experienced, when we haven't been through it ourselves; but we can at least show love, understanding, compassion and not be an arrogant, Mormon, TBM hard-ass about it, right TBMS? But then again, the church has to be true, at any cost, right?

The bottom line is that the Mormon church and its hierarchy, believe in and worship a racist God, especially against the "cursed blacks", with very racist leaders that support said God and his racist teachings. They always refer back to the 1978 so called "revelation from God", when blacks finally got the Priesthood, meaning that it wasn't their decision, rather God's decision to grant blacks the Priesthood. They talk about how blacks never had the Priesthood ever, from the beginning of time, until God graciously gave it to them, through the Mormon church, in 1978, like they want a prize or something.


Also, with the announcement of the priesthood revelation in the June 17, 1978, edition of the LDS Church News, their continuing prejudice was again made clear in an article headlined "Interracial Marriage Discouraged", that included 3 quotes from President/Prophet Kimball, supporting that headline.(Some also say that the ultra-racist Apostle Mark E. Peterson was behind that article.) So even though they had given blacks the Priesthood and had officially lifted the ban on blacks marrying whites, albeit reluctantly, they wanted everyone to know that it was still "discouraged."

Martin Luther King's speech was given on April 28, 1963, and it would be another 15 years before Mormons would decide, very reluctantly, to include blacks in their church and special circle. I find it appalling and then to hear Hinckley play it off, as if it was nothing and just a "little flick of history and in the past", makes me sick.

In more recent times,
Darron Smith wrote a book called "Black and Mormon", which is ironically still sold at Deseret Bookstore, which is Jesus' bookstore, which is run and owned by the Mormon Hierarchy and Sheri Dew, Hinckley's personal biographer and gal pal; yet they fired Darron Smith from BYU for writing the book and speaking out against the past racist teachings of Mormonism, which the Mormon Hierarchy refuse to repudiate or even apologize for.

Then Hinckley comes out in the April 2006 Priesthood session of general conference, absolutely baffled, shocked and amazed, as to where all the racism comes from and why people think Mormons are racist or have taught racist things in the past, right after firing Darron Smith and having been asked repeatedly in interviews about said racism. He said that he thought it was all resolved in 1978. In other words, they thought that after 1978, they were "off the hook" and would never have to deal with or explain their racist attitudes again and that all was well in Zion fantasyland.

What the church never tells anyone, is how they were absolutely, eventually, going to lose their tax exempt status and that there were rallies all over the country against the Mormon church, especially at sporting events, like a wrestling match in Colorado. Also, many teams, like Stanford for example, had refused to play BYU and many other teams were going to join in the boycott, due to the racist teachings and beliefs of Mormonism.

Oh, and let's not forget about all the people in Brazil, that were getting baptized and later discovered to have black blood in them...oh no!! Their was mass panic in the church office building as the missionaries were instructed not to even teach or baptize black people at all. Also, they were building temples in Brazil and hardly anybody was going to be able to go into them, after helping to build them, both monetarily and physically.

Those are some of the real reasons that the Mormon church finally caved and gave blacks the Priesthood and it certainly had nothing to do with any God, divine revelations or overcoming their racist attitudes, that still have not changed one iota, in my opinion.

Also, the one question that I've asked repeatedly and that I can't get any Mormon or anybody for that matter to answer and to which I've not found an answer anywhere; is why were black women also banned from the Mormon temple, when women can't have the Priesthood and it wasn't a Priesthood issue for them? Anybody know?

In fact, if you read the declaration in the D&C, that I linked to above, it says nothing about black women at all. It says, "This, in turn, has inspired us with a desire to extend to EVERY WORTHY MEMBER of the Church all of the privileges and blessings which the gospel affords."

So, it seems that right there, they were basically admitting that it wasn't just the black men that were affected, but that there were others too, that weren't defined, right? I mean we know that it was just the black race and nobody else, so why be so damn vague? Anybody know of any other race, nationality or skin color that was banned from the temple?

It didn't matter if you were Mexican or Indian or any other race with a darker skin, rather it only mattered if you were black, period. In fact, the Indians were celebrated as Lamanites that had basically repented when joining the church and told how their skin color would change to a lighter color, due to their worthiness and conversion to Mormonism.

However, further down in the declaration, it is specific regarding men at least and it says, "He has heard our prayers, and by revelation has confirmed that the long-promised day has come when EVERY FAITHFUL, WORTHY MAN IN THE CHURCH MAY RECEIVE THE HOLY PRIESTHOOD, WITH POWER TO EXERCISE ITS DIVINE AUTHORITY, AND ENJOY WITH HIS LOVED ONES EVERY BLESSING THAT FLOWS THEREFROM, INCLUDING THE BLESSINGS OF THE TEMPLE. Accordingly, all worthy male members of the Church may be ordained to the priesthood without regard for race or color."

Again, never any mention of the black men specifically, when they were the only ones that were banned from the Priesthood. Amazing isn't it?

So, I'll ask again; why were black women banned from the temple? Is there any Mormon doctrine or anything official on that? I mean, I know that it was just because they had black skin and were cursed by the Mormon God from the pre-existence for being less valiant and compassionate toward Satan, and barely choosing Jesus' plan, but what is the Mormon explanation, for banning innocent, Priesthood-less black women from entering "Jesus' holy house?" My guess is that they won't answer that question ever, because the only answer is that they were racists, plain and simple.

Now, in reference to the Indians/Lamanites skin turning lighter; I don't know about you guys, but the following words and horrific, blatant racism from Spencer W. Kimball, just really make me feel physically ill and sick to my stomach. And then we have dumbass, lying Hinckley, who wonders where the racism comes from? Is there any doubt that this white run, male dominated, sexist, racist, homophobic corporation has always felt superior, to any other race?

Spencer W. Kimball said, in the October 1960 General Conference:

The day of the Lamanites is nigh. For years they have been growing delightsome, and they are now becoming white and delightsome, as they were promised. In this picture of the twenty Lamanite missionaries, fifteen of the twenty were as light as Anglos; five were darker but equally delightsome. The children in the home placement program in Utah are often lighter than their brothers and sisters in the hogans on the reservation.

At one meeting a father and mother and their sixteen-year-old daughter were present, the little member girl-sixteen-sitting between the dark father and mother, and it was evident she was several shades lighter than her parents-on the same reservation, in the same hogan, subject to the same sun and wind and weather. There was the doctor in a Utah city who for two years had had an Indian boy in his home who stated that he was some shades lighter than the younger brother just coming into the program from the reservation. These young members of the Church are changing to whiteness and to delightsomeness. One white elder jokingly said that he and his companion were donating blood regularly to the hospital in the hope that the process might be accelerated.(General Conference Report, October, 1960)

Well everyone, I hope that you all got a chance to watch this great speech by this great man, Martin Luther King Jr. and I hope that all you racist Mormon TBMS out there(and there are plenty, especially in Utah and in the great and spacious church office building), will finally, once and for all, condemn the racist teachings and attitudes of Mormonism, that have existed since the church was officially founded, based on the racist Book of Mormon. Please, I beg of you, to quit defending, justifying and rationalizing the horrific hateful and racist teachings of Mormonism, because doing that makes you a racist.

Here is a sampling of some of the posts I've written on my blog regarding the racism in Mormonism:

What were the things that proved to me that the Mormon Church was a fraud?!!

Is the Mormon Church Racist Or Is It God?

Gordon B. Hinckley, Mormon Prophet Of God, Makes It Crystal Clear, That Brigham Young And Many Others, Weren't Prophets Of God!!Is He Being Sincere?!!

Hinckley: "I remind you that no man who makes disparaging remarks concerning those of another race can consider himself a true disciple of Christ."

Boyd K. Packer, Current Mormon Apostle, Says, "Plan, Young People, To Marry Into Your Own Race." "Mexican Members To Marry Mexicans, Etc, Etc.......

Just remember everyone, that if Mormonism had done things they way they wanted to and weren't interfered with by the laws of the land, created by the "evil" Gentiles, they'd still be polygamists, marrying child-brides(See Warren Jeffs-the modern day Joseph Smith) and blacks still wouldn't have the Priesthood today as I write this.

Their true feelings haven't changed at all on these matters, just their outward actions, due to the laws and social pressures that now exist. This clearly explains why they refuse to admit fault, repudiate or even acknowledge and apologize for these awful things and never will.

Take care everyone,

Samuel the Utahnite

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3 Comments:

At Wednesday, January 17, 2007 3:56:00 PM, Anonymous Demon of Kolob said...

I have just a couple of comments to add to your post. Mormon racism is not just against blacks. The scandal against Seventy George P Lee convenient come to light after Lee publicly
criticized Mormon treatment of Laminaties (Native Americans). I wonder if the Morg leadership knew about the scandal all a long and just brought to light after Lee's criticism.
Mormon still segregate in Utah , Hispanics and pacific islanders are send to separate wards. I had a Hispanic TBM neighbor with a PhD who spoke perfect English he was still send to the Spanish ward.

 
At Wednesday, January 24, 2007 6:16:00 PM, Anonymous CW said...

My dad is one of the most rascist people I know. Until very recently, there was not a single conversation I'd have with him that wouldn't, at some point, devolve into one of his repertoire of offensive stories, filled with racial slurs and broad steroetyping. I deeply, deeply regret a number of things I said to people when I was very young, directly parroting him, before I was old enough to think for myself and develop a sense of ethics... It was not until this December, when I spent several hours with him driving me back to my university town after visiting for the holidays that I realized he had not made a single crack against black people. I later mentioned to him that I was deeply impressed and grateful at this new tolerance.. and was immediately disappointed when he said that he'd started guarding his tongue after church leaders had expressed that rascism was bad - I assume it must have been from the April conference priesthood session, and possibly subsequent related talks in his ward. I was disappointed because he had to be *told* that telling "nigger jokes" was un-Christ-like behavior, instead of having the moral reasoning to realize it himself.

 
At Thursday, January 31, 2008 9:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ai ai ai... la vem voce com essa historia de preto mais uma vez... Eu sou PRETA E NEGRA.. mas esses seus article ja tao ficando sem graca ne? Os pretos nao podia receber ordenancas e sacerdocio... JA SABEMOSSSSS.... Isso foi passado, e quem vive de passado e MUSEU!!!!!! agora vamos falar do futuroooo... OS NEGROS PODEM RECEBER ORDENANCAS E SACERDOCIOOO.... Vc tem alguma coisa para dizer sobre isso? VAmos falar do futuroooooooooo genttteeeee!! hellllooooooooo!!!!

 

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