Race & Racism

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.  |  A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

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I have decided to stick to love… Hate is too great a burden to bear.

Martin Luther King, Jr.  |   A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

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Joseph Smith Portrait

“The South holds the balance of power. By annexing Texas, I can do away with this evil. As soon as Texas was annexed, I would liberate the slaves in two or three States, indemnifying their owners, and send the negroes to Texas, and from Texas to Mexico, where all colors are alike.”

Joseph Smith  |  Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 334

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We believe there is a spiritual influence that emanates from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space. All men share an inheritance of divine light. God operates among his children in all nations, and those who seek God are entitled to further light and knowledge, regardless of their race, nationality, or cultural traditions.

Howard W. Hunter  |  The Gospel—A Global Faith

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We need to embrace God’s children compassionately and eliminate any prejudice, including racism, sexism, and nationalism. Let it be said that we truly believe the blessings of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ are for every child of God.

Elder M. Russell Ballard  |  The Trek Continues!

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Now I am told that racial slurs and denigrating remarks are sometimes heard among us. I remind you that no man who makes disparaging remarks concerning those of another race can consider himself a true disciple of Christ. Nor can he consider himself to be in harmony with the teachings of the Church of Christ.

Gordon B. Hinckley  |  Priesthood Session April 2006 General Conference

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Neal A. Maxwell Headshot

In the same vein, God’s second commandment, love thy neighbor, clearly leaves no room for racism.

Elder Neal A. Maxwell  |  "Deny Yourselves of All Ungodliness”

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