Casting Off the "Curse of Cain" : The Extent and Limits of Progress since 1978
Bringhurst, Newell G.,Smith, Darron T.
Black and Mormon
University of Illinois Press
"As the twenty-first century arrived, a [process] was underway with uncertain prospects: in particular, whether President Hinckley's quotation ['[The 1978 revelation] continues to speak for itself. . . .I don't see anything further that we need to do.'] will continue to be the stated policy of the church. This process might be called the struggle to cast off the 'curse of Cain,' not only from the black peoples of the earth, on whom it was traditionally imposed, but indeed from the LDS Church itself, which continues to bear the burden of its own racist heritage. This essay deals mainly with that [struggle] as it has unfolded since 1978. It is a struggle occurring on two levels. At the operational level, there is a conscientious outreach by the church toward black people everywhere. Meanwhile, at the ideological level there is a less clear strategy for coping with the doctrinal residue of a discarded racial policy, especially in North America." (taken from author's introduction)