I don’t think this is really breaking news, but the LA Times has an article about how DNA evidence shows that Native Americans are descended from Asians and not a lost tribe of Israel. Of course, that’s science, so Mormons are free to instead take the word of the Book of Mormon, which bases its whole story on the lost tribes of Israel sailing to America. Eventually, I’d like to read through the Book of Mormon (or at least parts of it), but in the meantime, it’s nice to get nuggets like this:
The God-fearing Nephites were “pure” (the word was officially changed from “white” in 1981) and “delightsome.” The idol-worshiping Lamanites received the “curse of blackness,” turning their skin dark.
It’s good to see that the infallibility of the Book doesn’t preclude the Church making “official” changes to it. Perhaps some day there will be a Mormon Reformation that will get back to the original text and restore the racism.
Oh – incidentally, I should point out that the last time I did some reading about the BoM, I learned that Mormons like to be clear about this point pertaining the “curse of blackness”: the blackness itself is not the curse, but merely the mark of the curse. So that’s way better, right?