While Mormon leaders met with NAACP leaders this week to heal the racial rift that white female journalists in Utah all agree still exists in the church, journalists were understandably fooled by a fake website and tweeted out fake news instead of reporting on the meeting. Hey, it was a convincing-looking website, give us a break! We’re just journalists! But the great thing about it is the Salt Lake Tribune went viral with a story on this fake website and the meeting was totally forgotten. This is how progressive journalism makes the world a better place.
But let’s talk about the priesthood ban for a second.
Did you know that until 1978 the Mormon church excluded African-Americans from priesthood positions? This is a well-kept secret, but I think racism from almost 50 years ago is something we need to talk about more, every hour instead of merely every couple of days. It happened, and the question is how do we move past it?
Well, the Democrats fought fiercely to keep slavery in America, but now it is the Republicans who are racists. How did that happen? How did the Democrats wake up one day absolved of their original sin and Republicans who fought against slavery became the bad guys? Because Democrats took it far further than just freeing slaves. We need to obsessively make the cause about much more than just what it is really about. Today, the fight against slavery means college admissions for kids that don’t perform well but get it because of their skin color. Republicans who oppose this are racists.
The same applies to Mormons. Who still doesn’t have priesthood leadership positions? Women. That’s right, women. We can move past the racism debacle, comfort our Black brothers and sisters, and progress as a church if we signal our virtue and make it all about feminism. So while I admire the creator of this fake news website for distracting from real news, it was ultimately not helpful because it turned the narrative back to being all about race, when it really should be about feminists. Every morning, all Mormon women in the world wake up with tears in their eyes because they have different roles and responsibilities than men in the church and are not standing up at the pulpit receiving respect and adulation of the congregation.
We are the true victims of that policy and we need everybody to be constantly reminded of this.