I originally wrote this post for Ordain Women. It explains one of the reasons I support women’s ordination. This was originally posted on OrdainWomen.org on February 1, 2016.
The story of black women within the Mormon church has often been ignored. Instead, we focus on those whose oppressions are easily categorized without intersections. The racial oppression of black men through their exclusion of the Priesthood and the pious suffering of white women as they endured the sacrifices and the sexism of polygamy take center stage. At best, black women are a distant afterthought.
Posted in 1 PoV by 1 PoC, Black/African American, Equality, Feminist, History, Mormon, Mormons of Color, ordination of women, Patriarchy, Power Structure, Race, Women of Color
Tagged Black Mormons, Discrimination, Feminism, LDS, LDS Church, Mormon, Mormonism, Ordain Women, Priesthood and Temple Ban, racism, Revelation, Women of Color
This post contains more information about the “Keys” public art installation that is part of the October 2015 Ordain Women Art Action. Also, additional information about the action can be found in the episode 139 of the fMh podcast. http://feministmormonhousewivespodcast.org/episode-139-ordain-womens-october-2015-action/
On Saturday, October 3, 2015, Ordain Women is returning to Temple Square/City Creek Park. Reflecting this year’s Ordain Women theme, “Honoring Our Past, Envisioning Our Future,” Saturday’s action will take the form of a public art project and an on-going art installation.
I watched her as she proudly carried her baby son into the sanctuary, oblivious to the stares of those who may have been critical of her attire, her hairstyle, or of the fact that the father of her child was nowhere to be seen. She was excited to be a part of the LDS Church, having been baptized in the middle of her pregnancy, and was eager to share her newly minted testimony with her baby son.
I watched her as she stood holding her baby son, with a look of expectancy, clearly waiting to have the circle form around her and her son. Instead, the circle was formed without her and her baby son was taken from her arms by one of the men from the circle while another one of the men stepped away from the circle long enough to escort her to a seat.
This blogpost was originally posted on the Young Mormon Feminist blog, April 19th 2014. The author, Lani Wendt Young is a Samoan/NZ Maori writer, blogger and author of eight books. Continue reading
Posted in Feminist, Women of Color
Tagged child abuse, domestic violence in the Pacific, feminist, gender violence, Lani Wendt Young, LDS, Mormon, Ordain Women, Pasifika women, Samoan, women