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As They Affect
From a 1954 speech
by late Mormon Apostle
Mark E. Peterson
“The discussion on civil rights ... has blinded the thinking of some of our own people ... We who teach in the Church certainly must have our feet on the ground and not to be led astray by the philosophies of men on this subject.
I think I have read enough to give you an idea of what the Negro is after. He is not just seeking the opportunity of sitting down in a cafe where white people eat. He isn't just trying to ride on the same streetcar or the same Pullman car with white people. It isn't that he just desires to go to the same theater as the white people. From this, and other interviews I have read, it appears that the Negro seeks absorption with the white race. He will not be satisfied until he achieves it by intermarriage. That is his objective and we must face it. We must not allow our feelings to carry us away, nor must we feel so sorry for Negroes that we will open our arms and embrace them with everything we have. Remember the little statement that we used to say about sin, "First we pity, then endure, then embrace ...”
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