QUOTE: “The negroes are not equal with other races when the receipt of certain spiritual blessings are concerned, particularly the priesthood and the temple blessings that flow therefrom, but this inequality is not of man’s origin. It is the Lord’s doing, based on His eternal laws of justice, and grows out of the lack of spiritual valiance of those concerned in their first estate.” -Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p. 527-528, 1966 edition. [source]
RETRACTION: “I would like to say something about the new revelation relative to the priesthood going to those of all nations and races. ‘He [meaning Christ, who is the Lord God] inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile’ (2 Nephi 26:33). These words have now taken on a new meaning. We have caught a new vision of their true significance. This also applies to a great number of other passages in the revelations. Since the Lord gave this revelation on the priesthood, our understanding of many passages has expanded. Many of us never imagined or supposed that they had the extensive and broad meaning that they do have.” -Bruce R. McConkie, 18 August 1978. [source]
COMMENTARY: Black and white: check. Bond and free: check. Male and female: uh…. But what do I know? I’m just another apostate.