Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Racism

Seriously people. I know that this election has stirred up a lot of controversy and emotions and I would like to just let this go, but I really can't. I've heard some disturbing things, all the more disturbing because some it comes from members of my church about the new president. Say what you want about him, in fact I would welcome someone's justified criticism of his policies but there is no place for racism in the year 2008.

I think that it is horrific to say that you don't like this president because his name makes him sounds like a "terrorist" or that he only got elected because "black people" went out and blindly voted without consideration of the issues. This is an affront to muslims, many of which share similar names to one famous terrorist through no fault of their own. Charles Manson commited horrible crimes, does that mean we should be wary of all people called Charles? It also is an insult to African American voters everywhere. They have brains, thoughts, and logic just like you do.

Here is a quote I found on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website and I wholeheartedly agree with it: "How grateful I am that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has from its beginnings stood strongly against racism in any of its malignant manifestations. President Spencer W. Kimball stated the Church’s position well: “We do wish that there would be no racial prejudice. … Racial prejudice is of the devil. … There is no place for it in the gospel of Jesus Christ” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, ed. Edward L. Kimball [1982], 236–37).

3 comments:

grandpaandmimi said...

A big thanks for writing this!!
I is wrong for people to send the negative emails that were lies. And they were suppose to be Christians??? I only saw a very intelligent man that had the same Ideas and we put in many many hours going door to door and donated to this campaign (almost every time sometime it got to negative) for this man and we wish we could of done more. Now the world will change!!

Happy said...

I'm really glad you wrote that. It always shocks me to hear racist comments or attitudes from members of the church, or any Christian for that matter. I totally agree with you!!

The Driaza Jrs. said...

You go Girl! Gosh! Though I don't doubt that many people of color voted for Obama, if you really view the electoral votes...they are soooo high that it is obvious that more than just "blacks" voted! He stomped the Republican party. Though I didn't vote Obama, that does not mean that I or anyone else should criticize him. He is now our president, and as members the least we should do is support and pray for our new national leader!