Black Mormons on This Year's Presidential Election

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama (Getty Images)

Whether you love or hate politics, it’s hard to deny that when it comes to identity and culture, this year’s presidential election is truly historic. The incumbent is, of course, half black and thus, a racial minority. The challenger is Mormon, and thus, a religious minority.

And if you’re black or if you’re Mormon, these minority candidates provide a chance to vote for someone who looks or worships like you, perhaps for the first time. But what if you’re one of the one million Americans who is both black and Mormon? Does identity factor in at all?

Two African-American Mormons join us today to share their thoughts. Hunter Stott is a young black Mormon husband and father. He was raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the time he was a child. Darius Gray is a black Mormon speaker and writer who joined the LDS in the mid-1960s.


Darius Gray and Hunter Stott

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [2]

PayLayAle from Texas

I can only imagine Darius Gray's excitement in 1978 when his dark skin was finally deemed not a curse and when he could finally enter the temple to proclaim "pay, lay, ale". I wonder how many shades lighter his skin became, as the Book of Mormon promises dermatologic changes based on sanctity (good people become lighter, bad people become darker).

May. 24 2012 01:55 PM

The media driven by a partisan agenda deliberately fans the flames of race and religion and then is shocked, shocked that the flames of race and religion are inflamed.
On a less important note, have we hit $16 trillion in debt yet?

May. 24 2012 09:49 AM

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