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Mormonism And White Supremacy

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In a time when America is taking a hard look at our country’s racist past and present, LDS scholar Joanna Brooks looks at the history of race within the LDS church.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has had a complicated relationship with race for years, from its scriptural teaching that black skin is a symbol of spiritual deficiency to its early ban, now overturned, on male black church members joining the priesthood. Joanna Brooks told us that she hopes her book Mormonism and White Supremacy: American Religion and The Problem of Racial Innocence [IndieBound|Amazon] will not only educate other white members of the LDS church like herself, but also make them uncomfortable, and eventually more understanding of their fellow black church members. 

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.