A black man recently had two white Mormon missionaries read from the Book of Mormon, which endorses anti-black racism:
And he had caused the cursing to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing, because of their iniquity. For behold, they had hardened their hearts against him, that they had become like unto a flint; wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them.
The two missionaries insisted they were not racist after they read the racist passage from the Book of Mormon, but the black man explained to them what just happened:
The brothers came here to teach my family about God. Because of their sins against God, he turned them black. You came to my house, to teach my family that God turned us black because we sinned against God. That’s not going to be acceptable at all.
The Mormon church finally dropped its ban on blacks’ participation in the church in 1978 because the church faced losing its tax-exempt status, noted the Chicago Tribune.