Exploring Racism and the Content of our Character - RACISM: UNRAVELING FEAR
Deciding To Tell It The Way It Really Is - Company Message
RACISM: Unraveling The Fear
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White Guy Talks Racism: Deciding To Tell It The Way It Really Is
FREE video - a different perspective on Racism, Prejudice and Bigotry.The late Nat Rutstein, author and educator shares some root causes of prejudice. Visit www.BigotryIsNotAVirtue.net
This Book challenges each of us who believe we never participated in racism to not only recognize the horrific truth, but, to begin the process of healing the disease
 "This book is a jewel. It makes say, 'So this is how racism works; this is why integration, civil rights, Affirmation Action, and all the other fixes have failed 
to achieve the desired end. Now I understand! With that understanding, both of the way racism thrives and the enormity of the problem, comes a strong desire to participate in the solution Nathan Rutstein prescribes." Judy Kirmmse, Affirmation Action Officer at Connecticut College, and consultant with the Institute for Social Complexity.
"I know of no other member of the majority race in America whose writings expose the underpinnings with such clarity, sensitivity and candor. Mr. Rutstein provides for us all...a starting point for a genuine understanding of this national disease." Bob Woodrick, Chairman D&W Food Centers, Inc., Honorary Chairman of the Grand Rapids Employer Coalition for Healing Racism.
SOURCE:  RACISM: Unraveling The Fear (c) 1997
      The Global Classroom     ISBN:0-9659945-0-3
Editors Note
    2012 - Continuing still is the LDS Mormon Church policy: The suppression of African American participation, their support, service, historical or creative contributions, in building up the early Church (1834) to present.  
     Black Mormon historical information does not appear or is published in regular or specific Church publications (no mention). Most white Mormons have no idea or knowledge of any black Mormon participation in the early Church. Same information found in early Church documents and records, but published by African American Mormons, is acknowledged by Disclaimer Tags. Thus, white Mormons when presented with these untold truths, readily dismiss and ignore such, because of the Disclaimer Labels. Racial Bigotry in the LDS Mormon Church is BIG.
Signed - SR - former African American Mormon - Resigned Membership in Protest.


Elijah Abel, photographElijah Abel     
First  African American to receive the LDS Priesthood in March 1836, under the hand of Joseph Smith, Prophet to the Mormon church. Elijah was first ordained into the 3rd Quorum of the Seventy in 1841.

"While in Nauvoo, I lived in the home of the prophet Joseph Smith. He used my carpenter skills to help build the Nauvoo Temple and became, at his request, the town's first mortician. Because of my loyalty to Brother Joseph, I joined six other men to rescue him from the jail in Quincy, Illinois." (source publication: Early and Modern Day Black Latter-Day Saints Pioneers, published 2912 by Anthony Morris, anthonymorris@yahoo.com )
The Virtue of Acceptance   In Buddhism, the word "suchness" is used to mean "the essence or particular characteristics of a thing or person, its true nature." Each person has his or her suchness. If we want to live in peace and happiness with a person, we have to see the suchness of that person. Once we see it, we understand him or her, and there is no trouble. We can live peacefully and happily together, -WHICH NHAT HANH (Source publication Sacred Moments, Virtues Project - Founder Linda.Popov

Born a slave in 1818, became a great orator. His life spanned the Civil War, the end of slavery, and the beginning of segregation.
Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was born a slave in Tuckahoe, Maryland, in February 1818. He became a leading abolitionist and women's rights advocate and one of the most influential public speakers and writers of the nineteenth century. "I have seen dark hours in my life, and I have seen the darkness gradually disappearing, and the light gradually increasing. One  by one I have seen obstacles removed, and my people

advancing in all the elements that make up the sumof general welfare. I remember that God reigns in eternity, and that, whatever delays, disappointments, and discouragements may come, truth, justice, liberty, and humanity will prevail."  
*What was the Slave Catechism? referred to in video
  Catechism is a summary of the basic principles of
Christianity in question and answer form. (Q& A)
 * Slave Catechism as described by Frederick Douglas
          Slave Catechism  (Active 2012) - Contemporary Psychological  
          Genocide - continuing the emotional African-American
          holocaust (editor's comment) 


 Mormonism, a Christian based religion that is an all
encompassing way of Life for families within the Church

Let us consider - what we personally think or believe is CHRISTIAN
(see Christians by Maya Angelou below)
Nobody Knows:
The Untold Story of Black Mormons
Nobody Knows VideoNOBODY KNOWS: THE UNTOLD STORY OF BLACK MORMONS is an award-winning documentary about African American Latter-day Saints.
Few people, Mormon and non-Mormon, are aware that there has been an African American presence in the LDS Church from its earliest days, that the vanguard company of Mormon pioneers included three “colored servants” (slaves), and that subsequent pioneer companies included both freeborn Blacks (such as Jane Manning and Isaac James) and enslaved Blacks, such as Biddy Smith Mason and Elizabeth Flake.  

Last Laborer
Keith N. Hamilton
Foreword by Thurl "Big T" Bailey
Entertainer and former NBA Player
Keith is a storyteller, and has an amazing and worthwhile story to tell which will resonate with the reader...As fun and poignant as is his story, I find his thought-provoking treatment of the issues associated with the LDS Church and its former restrictions against black even more enjoyable and the best on the subject I have ever encountered.

   DVD Documentary
This documentary about Black Mormons, headed by Margaret Young and Darius Gray,authors of several award winning books and articles about Black Mormons.
Powerful new historical fiction three part series, in the style of The Work & The Glory, that tells the stories of early African-American members of  the Church. Co-author is Darius Aidan Gray & Margaret Blair Young teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. Darius Aidan Gray is a former Journalist.    
Historical Fiction? 
(Three Part Series)
Editors Note:
Although the series is labeled fictional, the premises provides historical truths of early African American Mormons beginning 1831.

First African American: Elijah Abel, received the LDS Priesthood in March 1836, under the hand of Joseph Smith, Prophet to the Mormon church. Elijah was first ordained into the 3rd Quorum of the Seventy in 1841. After the death of Joseph Smith, Brigham Young became the church leader, over much objection. Thus, it was Brigham who began the racist policy of denying those of African American heritage from the full membership of the Priesthood in the Mormon Church. 

In 1978 Church administration voted  (ref: church records) to end the policy.  Though the policy ended more than 30 years ago. Mormon administration continues to repress African American Mormon history, including their service and labor in the building up of the church, or Missionary participation of black Mormons. Still (2012) this important information is not recognized or published or mentioned in any LDS training manuals, or made mention to in standard Mormon publications. Most white Mormon members are not aware African Americans were involved in the early church at all. Those who do become aware of this history, immediately dismiss the information because the LDS Church acknowledgments are marked by Disclaimer Tags.Therefore, African American historical information has been regulated unimportant human beings, deserving no respect, or honored as members of the early Mormon Church. So much for the virtues and values of the Mormon Christian heart. Therefore, now in the 21st Century, Bigotry is self-imposed ignorance. In my opinion, very sad. 

Blacks In The Scriptures
Black Mormon History
Marvin Perkins and Darius Gray Authors,
Give talks on
Black Mormon 
history and heritage
 A Brief Summary
     The second lecture in the Blacks in the Scriptures DVD series answers squarely the questions regarding the curse and the mark that have escaped scholars and theologians for centuries. With uncanny irony, the clarification is provided by a combination of the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Many people of color and those concerned about equality would think that the Book of Mormon would be one of the last places to look to settle issues of equality. But they are finding by the thousands, through the inspired scholarship of the Blacks in the Scriptures DVD series that the Book of Mormon helps to prove that black skin is not a curse, nor could it ever be. You really have to see this DVD series.
Skin Color
     The way you appear as far as skin color is concerned is nothing more than a defense mechanism that your body is equipped with to help protect you from the sun. That’s it. And contrary to the philosophies of men, your skin color has nothing to do with the idea that you were greater than or lesser than in the pre-mortal; or that it’s the result of the so called curse of Cain or Ham; or even that you’re the blood line of a pure race. The reality, whether one wishes to accept it or not, is that skin color is a defense mechanism and it’s role in regards to who we were before this life or who we will become after this life is about as significant as to what our shoe size may be.
     Thus, there is no such thing as a white person or black person. The word “race” is defined as “a group of persons related by common descent or heredity.” The truth of the matter is that we are one race carrying different shades of brown pigmentation; all of us are the posterity of father Adam and mother Eve. As you observe the human family, we all range from a very dark brown to a very light brown skin tone. And the reason that this is so is because our loving Heavenly Father created an amazing body with the ability to adapt to varying environments for our survival. We are literally one race with different family traditions and cultures.
The Full First Segment Of
Blacks In The Scripture - BITS
Blacks In The Bible And Under Black Jesus http://blacksinthescriptures.com/black-Jesus/   
 What People Are Saying About
Blacks In The Scriptures 
  • "This has changed my life!  The scriptural scholarship is amazing!   
  • "With all the media attention due to Romney's Presidential run, I needed to know how to respond to friends and co-workers.
  • "I am now more prepared than I ever thought I could be".
  • "Blacks in the Scriptures' is an eye opening  experience.  I only wish ALL in the Church could hear the truths that are proclaimed so humbly and sincerely." 
  • "Thank you for using the scriptures so effectively. I now have a greater love for scripture study the spirit, the Gospel and for all men.”
  Another LDS sites of Interest:  

Latter Day Saints Genesis Group
by Maya Angelou 
Ms Angelou is not a member of the Mormon Church

When I say..."I am a Christian
I'm not shouting "I'm  clean livin'. "
I'm whispering "I was lost,
Now I'm found and forgiven."

When I say...I am a Christian"
I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble
and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak
And need His strength to carry on.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed
And need God to clean my mess.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible
But, God believes I am worth it.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches
So I call upon His name.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner
Who received God's good grace