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.
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.
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
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’
Awesome story, thanks for sharing
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!
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!
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!
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!
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"
The Sistas are welcome to move their delightful show to Zion anytime
they're ready to upgrade.-- Brother Dale
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 :)
I've been reading their blog on and off for years and they are wonderful!
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!
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.
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!
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.
Great article. These two need tons more exposure/press. They do great work.
I love it!