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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

MormonTimes on a Former Black Panther and Current Latter-day Saint

I really enjoyed Robert Walsh's recent MormonTimes.com story about Ronald McClain, an active Latter-day Saint who used to be active with the Black Panthers. A wonderful example of a proactive, positive approach to overcoming the challenges we face in this mortal world. And a reminder of our need to overcome racial strife and harmful attitudes about others, as taught by President Hinckley and other leaders. Kudos, Brother McClain!

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

"And a reminder of our need to overcome racial strife and harmful attitudes about others, as taught by President Hinckley and other leaders."

Surprised to hear this. How did President Hinckley teach racial strife and harmful attitudes? :-)

Mormanity said...

I could have worded that more clearly, I suppose.

Anonymous said...

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=3247428

Hate crimes against Mormons? Wonder if this is a result of FLDS publicity.

Anonymous said...

That's really pretty interesting. If you take a look at his picture, you could mistake him for a white guy almost. His whole family is white too.

Are a lot of black LDS this way? Black...but not...kindaish...??? I don't know because I live in Southern Idaho, and blacks are about as common as kangaroos.

Latter-Day James said...

Wow, that sounded a little offensive.

Anonymous said...

That reminds me. Back in the 1980s, Eldridge Cleaver, former Minister of Information for the Black Panthers, attended my Sunday School class in the University Ward in Berkeley. He never said much; he just sat in the back and listened. I understand that he eventually joined the Church.

One never knows.

Anonymous said...

Well, actually anon, that's the only thing Mormons use coffee for. We take exactly one cup of black coffee, add exactly 1 tbsps of cream to it and then hold it up to all black people wanting to join the church and if they're darker than the coffee, we don't let them in.

/sarcasm

Another anon

Anonymous said...

"In the early 1980s, Cleaver became disillusioned with what he saw as the commercial nature of mainstream evangelical Christianity and flirted with alternatives, including Sun Myung Moon's campus ministry organization CARP, and Mormonism. Cleaver was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and remained a member until his death in 1998."

He should be black enough for you. You people make me sick--I have friends that are black and such talk is very unbecoming of members of the Lords restored church.

Anonymous said...

Very uplifting Jeff!

Anon of 5:43 - Why is Jeff's post insulting? The only insulting post in this thread is by someone who clearly is not a member of the church.

Jayleen (for some reason my open ID is being rejected for this post)

Anonymous said...

don't know who is or is not a member. I don't it is respectful. but some people get into that racial stuff.

Zera Pulsipher said...

@Jayleen

I don't think he meant jeff's post but the comment before his as I found it slightly offensive as well.

Marielle said...

I am actually in the same ward as Ron Mcclain. He is a wonderful member of the church and such a good example to everyone in our ward!