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Published: Thursday, Aug. 15 2013 9:10 a.m. MDT

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EdGrady
Idaho Falls, ID

I love it!

brohammas
Philadelphia, pa

Great article. These two need tons more exposure/press. They do great work.

samhill
Salt Lake City, UT

Great story about a couple of great sisteRs who, if they want to erase stereotypes, could add the "R" and erase one more.

Good luck and many blessings to them both.

All American
Herriman, UT

Hmmm...I was going to say something similar, samhill. If black people don't like stereotypes, only they can stop them. The writer of this article doesn't help: "In 2009, two African-American women started a blog to stay in touch." Why not: "In 2009, two [any other adjective] women started a blog to stay in touch."

You never see in print: In 2009, two White-American women started a blog to stay in touch. Or how about: In 2009, two English-French-American women started a blog to stay in touch.

Why can't people just be people, Americans just be Americans, and church members just be Latter Day Saints? Do we have to put a label on everyone who isn't white? Just stop it media!

Eliot
Genola, UT

I read the article and I didn't see anything in it suggesting the purpose of their blog is to eliminate stereotypes. I think the purpose is to provide a way for people to get a glimpse of Mormon culture in a humorous way. I could see a blog written by women of other cultures having the same success reaching out to people who share similar backgrounds. I got nothing but good to say about these two sistas.

Jennifer
sandy, utah

Great article; thanks for introducing me to these to and their blog. I think it is a great name, representing themselves while differentiating from the traditional hymn name. And I view using the term "African-American" as a journalistic detail, not a further perpetuation of stereotypes. Keep up the good work ladies!

DenMom
Corvallis, MT

I've been reading their blog on and off for years and they are wonderful!

rlsintx
Plano, TX

My kids grew up in OH, AL and TX with high concentrations of blacks. My son served a mission in Pocatello ID. As I picked him up on return to Dallas TX we had driven about 20 miles and done a few stops. I asked what he noticed different - "There are blacks !" with a huge smile. I hope these sisters realize that many rural Rocky Mountain kids may never have met of shaken hands with someone black ( I hadn't until my freshman year at BYU) - enjoy the moment and share what you are, because it's wonderful :)

manaen
Buena Park, CA

The Sistas are welcome to move their delightful show to Zion anytime they're ready to upgrade.
-- Brother Dale

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Salt Lake City, UT

All American,

How could this article possibly be as significant if it didn't mention that they were African American and/or Mormon? Or even female?

"NEWS REPORT: Two people did something"

See how uninteresting that is?

A friendly fyi: "typing" and "stereotyping" aren't the same thing. To "type" in this context is to make example of, set a standard, or illustrate. These are not bad qualifiers. To stereotype is to assume that "like one, like the rest". That would be a personal judgement, and therefore inappropriate.

The author of this article didn't contribute to stereotyping. Over-sensitivity in place of thoughtful responses contribute to this being a continuing social problem far more than using labels that are not only accurate, but perfectly acceptable.

I'm White. They are black. I'm fine with both labels and I'm fine with both these women. They do great things and using terms simply to describe their ethnicity isn't wrong. Using it to judge them is. Someone saying "African American" doesn't invite others to use prejudicial judgement. They do that of their own accord.

"media" is just as much a label as "white" or "black" is, fyi.

Lenee
Los Angels, CA

I think some readers were mistaken in their understanding- they are banishing stereotypes of Mormons in general, not such much about negative stereotypes concerning black people. If we truly wish to get rid of any stereotype, it's up to all of us to see each other as one, watch the manner in which we speak and treat our fellow man, and not write it off as "other" people's problem. I think it's conducive that we discuss these funny little details about how members of different backgrounds interact. Most people are not aware what they do or say may be offensive unless we speak up, and most importantly as these ladies do, laugh about!

byu rugby
Crystal Lake, IL

As a convert to the church, I totally get the humor and I am ... well, white. Except when my family joined the church we had just moved from a hippy commune on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. And while we shared a similar color, my father sported a full on hillbilly beard, which was a serious no no in the 70's church (except for the annual Sacrament Mtg. Christmas Presentation). The gospel is for all of his children not, just the folks of the intermountain west.

So, Sistas, sisters, or whatever you prefer to call your selves on the blog, enjoy yourselves. And continue to share the good word wrapped in humor and satire!

Christmas Carole
LAS CRUCES, NM

Enjoyed this article!! I am VERY happy to know about the blog and plan on going there. I would enjoy listening to the broadcast! As I read I laughed and even shed some tears...GREAT way to share the gospel in a fun, neutral way sisters!

MrsH
Altamont, UT

Oh yes, I absolutely LOVE these Sistas!
I follow them on facebook, and always look forward to their posts.
I love how they see humor in everyday things.
They are relevant to things I am dealing with, even though I am...gasp...'white'!!
I always thought we should not be 'black' or 'white', just people, but if we do that we are denying people their heritage. Took me a lot of years to learn that, and these ladies have really reinforced that for me.
Keep up the good work!

t702
Las Vegas, NV

Awesome story, thanks for sharing

onebigdaddy
Dillon, CO

Really enjoyed this article - I have lived in parts of the world where I was at times the only white person. I remember in Nassau [the Bahamas] I went to a park to play pickup basketball [yes white man] & I was given a hard time by the [black] guys that were playing – but they soon found out that I was better than any of them. A few days later I went back again & there were a few different guys and they started mouthing a few negative words at me. There were a couple of guys there that knew me from the 1st time & they told everyone to shut up. They were on the team that was losing & they even told one of the guys to sit down [different words] & told me to get in the game … we won. This was about the time when the movie ‘White man can’t jump’ came out.
I had a Chinese guy tell me that his ‘Sista was from a different Mista’ but he wasn’t a ‘Brother from a different Mutha’

G L W8
SPRINGVILLE, UT

Here's another view of the non-LDS visitor who was expecting dinner at the LDS "Steak House"--I heard of a guy that was disappointed after attending a Fast Meeting at "our Stake House." The guy also came away grumbling: "The meeting was anything but fast, and I didn't get any steak!"

ronk-sandy
SANDY, UT

What a fabulous story of faith, courage and love about these two wonderful ladies. They inspired me and my family to do better at helping others. We will use this story at our next family home evening and see what we can learn from it. This story should have been more prominently displayed on the front page. Thanks to all for this wonderful story.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

I have to point out that the articles description of Genesis Group is inaccurate. The group is designed to serve the needs of African-Americans, period. Other ethnic and racial minorities, such as Hispanic and Tongans have other church programs that would much better serve their needs.

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