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On October 27th, 2020, President Dallin H. Oaks talked to the Brigham Young University students about racism in America stating that black lives matter is an "eternal truth all reasonable people should support."
He did not say though that that means that everything done under the Black Lives Matter Movement is correct, saying that "persuasive banner was sometimes used or understood to stand for other things that do not command universal support."
When talking about racism in America, he re-emphasized the words of President Russel M. Nelson, saying that "favor or disfavor with God is dependent upon your devotion to God and his commandments, and not the color of your skin."
In response to the killing of George Floyd, President Nelson said:
"We join with many throughout this nation and around the world who are deeply saddened at recent events of racism and a blatant disregard for human life. We abhor the reality that some would deny others respect and the most basic freedoms because of the color of his or her skin.
So what needs to be done about racism in the United States? Do we take down all the statues of past slave owners? Do we try to write them out of history? Do we rename buildings in order to erase accomplishments of men and women just because of past choices?
Quoting Winston Churchill, Oaks said: “If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future.”
“The predecessors of many Americans of different backgrounds made great sacrifices to establish this nation,” Oaks added. “Whatever those sacrifices — of freedom, property or even life — let us now honor them for what they have done for us and forgo quarreling over the past. Ours is the duty to unite and improve the future we will share.”
President Oaks concluded saying: “Let us all heed our prophet’s call to repent, to change, and to improve. Only the gospel of Jesus Christ can unite and bring peace to people of all races and nationalities.”
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