No, I don’t have any profound knowledge about Mormonism and Ferraro, but the recent uproar over her comments about Obama have raised a question in my mind.
First, a word about race, Mormonism, and America. Like it or not, race is still an issue in almost everything we do. We can’t seem to break free of it.
Ferraro said, in effect, that if Obama were white, he wouldn’t be where he is in the race. Consider the possibility that: a) she’s right, and b) the Bible says that “the fool uttereth all his [or her] mind.”
The evidence that she may be right might be summed up in two words: John Edwards. Both fine orators, both on target on most issues, Edwards with more experience. But Obama is still in the race, and Edwards isn’t.
I don’t know if this topic can be discussed dispassionately, but I’d love to hear your comments on this issue. We all agree that people of color are woefully under-represented among the General Authorities. They’ve had 30 years to find competent people to fill these posts. Nationally, could Obama be benefiting by being a mold-breaker? Hillary is also breaking the mold, by the way.
Your thoughts on this are solicited.