[Legislature] Chris Buttars’ inability to open his mouth without putting his foot in it—graduating from a metaphor about black babies to claims of persecution from a “lynch mob” to referring to blacks who complained about his use of the term lynch mob as “those people” (as in “How do I know what words I'm supposed to use in front of those people?” Salt Lake Tribune 2/20)—is reminiscent of an earlier time in Utah.
1963 to be exact. Joseph Fielding Smith, a member of the LDS Church’s Council of the Twelve, gave an interview to Look magazine on the subject of why blacks weren’t allowed the priesthood. As if to emphasize that God, not prejudice, was responsible for the ban, Smith told the magazine this:
“I would not want you to believe that we bear any animosity toward the Negro. Darkies are wonderful people.”