ALL NEWS

Church president, NAACP call for “racial harmony” in joint op-ed

Jun 8, 2020, 7:36 AM | Updated: Jun 9, 2020, 9:23 am
op-ed racial harmony church president naacp...
FILE - President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, right, stands with Rev. Amos C. Brown during a press conference in Salt Lake City on Thursday, May 17, 2018. Photo: Ravell Call, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — In an article written together and published by Medium, President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and top leaders from the NAACP call for “racial harmony” starting in the home. 

“Unitedly we declare that the answers to racism, prejudice, discrimination and hate will not come from government or law enforcement alone. Solutions will come as we open our hearts to those whose lives are different than our own, as we work to build bonds of genuine friendship, and as we see each other as the brothers and sisters we are — for we are all children of a loving God,” the op-ed stated. 

Remembering George Floyd

Referring directly to the death of an unarmed black man in police custody in Minnesota, President Nelson joined NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson, Chairman Leon Russell, and Chairman Emeritus of Religious Affairs Rev. Amos C. Brown in writing: “The wheels of justice should move fairly for all.” 

“We share deep sorrow for the senseless, heinous act of violence that needlessly took the life of George Floyd. We mourn with his family, friends and community. We likewise look on with sadness at the anger, hate, contempt and violence spilling onto America’s streets, devastating cities across the nation, and creating fear and anxiety in citizens across this great land,” they continued.

Church president and NAACP: love one another

The piece from the church president and leaders of the NAACP calls on parents and educators to teach children to follow the example of Jesus Christ to love one another.

“Teaching children to love all, and find the good in others, is more crucial than ever. Oneness is not sameness in America. We must all learn to value the differences,” the statement reads.

A long partnership

The op-ed is the latest development in a two-year long partnership between church leaders including President Nelson and the NAACP. At a national board meeting of the NAACP in Salt Lake City in 2018, President Nelson linked arms with Rev. Brown alongside Johnson and Leon Russell to call for racial harmony.

“It was more than just talk,” Rev. Brown said later in Detroit, when students graduated from a financial literacy program developed jointly by NAACP and church leaders.

In 2019, President Nelson addressed the NAACP in Detroit.

“May we go forward doing our best to exemplify the two great commandments — to love God and love each of His children. Arm in arm and shoulder to shoulder, may we strive to lift our brothers and sisters everywhere, in every way we can. This world will never be the same,” he said.

You can find the full op-ed on Medium.


Hear the conversation that Boyd Matheson had with Elder Gerard from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Rev. Theresa Dear from the NAACP here.

 

 
Hear the conversation that Dave and Dujanovic had with Deseret Book CEO Sheri Dew here.

 

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team. here.

Today’s Top Stories

All News

holiday deals...
Matt Egan, CNN

Shoppers are dipping into savings and going into debt. That could cause a holiday hangover

The problem, however, is that many Americans' paychecks are not keeping up with stubborn inflation.
6 hours ago
Wasatch County Sheriff's Office...
Mark Jones

Highland man dies in snowmobile accident in Wasatch County

A 51-year-old man from Highland died in a snowmobile accident Tuesday afternoon in Wasatch County, according to the Wasatch County Sheriff's Office.
1 day ago
Salt Lake City Police took a 44-year-old man into custody on Wednesday in connection to the burglar...
Mark Jones

Salt Lake City Police announce third arrest in September homicide

Salt Lake City Police say a third person has been taken into custody in connection to a September homicide.
1 day ago
Utah Roadkill Reporter is a new app helping reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions. Available on Google...
Devin Oldroyd

DWR and UDOT introducing new app Utah Roadkill Reporter

Utah Roadkill Reporter is a new app helping reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions. Available on Google Play and the App store now.
1 day ago
Gov. Spencer Cox announced Utah Court of Appeals Judge Jill M. Pohlman is his nominee to serve on t...
Mark Jones

Tax cuts, teacher salary raise among budget recommendations by Cox

On Thursday, Gov. Cox announced significant tax cuts and a salary increase for all teachers are included in his recommendations for the fiscal year 2024 budget.
1 day ago
Baby Formula Shortagae...
Aubri Wuthrich

Shortage of baby formula continues to worry parents

While the baby formula shortage has improved since earlier this year, experts say there still isn't enough.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 game day snacks for the whole family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...
Sorenson

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Church president, NAACP call for “racial harmony” in joint op-ed