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They used these Biblical curses to justify slavery.
Young believed the curse made black people ineligible to vote, marry white people, or hold the priesthood.
In response to a NAACP lawsuit in 1974, the LDS Church changed their policy to allow any boy to be troop leader in Boy Scouting troops.
Though the LDS Church had an open membership policy for all races, they avoided opening missions in areas with large black populations and discouraged people with black ancestry from investigating the church.Church publications from 2003 still recommended that young people marry those with similar racial backgrounds.Black people in the LDS Church suffered exclusion and discrimination even after the 1978 revelation, and still feel the effects of racist attitudes.Church leaders taught that these restrictions were commanded by God.In 1978, the First Presidency and the Twelve, led by Spencer W.