The Black Mormon Vote

  • Aired:  10/09/12
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Jessica Williams discovers that black Mormons are just like other Americans -- argumentative and intolerant of each other's viewpoints. (4:24)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK!

WITH THE WIDE-OPEN ELECTION

HEADING INTO ITS FINAL WEEK, ARE

EVEN THE CANDIDATES' MOST

RELIABLE VOTING BLOCK UP FOR

GRABS?

JESSICA WILLIAMS HAS MORE.

>> AS WE KNOW, 95% OF AFRICAN

AMERICANS ARE VOTING FOR

PRESIDENT OBAMA.

BUT HOW DO MORMONS FEEL ABOUT

MITT ROMNEY?

I HEADED TO UTAH TO FIND OUT.

OKAY, THANK YOU, GUYS, FOR

MEETING UP WITH ME.

(LAUGHTER)

UM -- I'M HERE TO TALK TO

MORMONS.

>> WE ARE ALL MORMONS.

>> WE ARE.

>> OH, MY GOD.

YES, BLACK MORMONS.

>> WE ARE ALL MEMBERS OF THE

CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF

LATTER-DAY SAINTS.

>> OH, MY GOSH.

SOMEONE MAKE A FORTUNE OF THIS

(BLEEP).

(LAUGHTER)

THEY WERE LIKE MYTH KL CREATURES

THE UNICORNINGS OF POLITICS.

IS THIS ALL YOU GUYS?

>> NO, HEAVEN'S NO.

>> NO.

>> THERE'S QUITE A FEW HERE IN

THE VALLEY IN SALT LAKE.

>> FOUR OR FIVE MORE?

>> NO, THERE ARE MORE THAN YOU

WOULD IMAGINE.

>> THESE AND THE 17 OTHER BLACK

MORMONS EMBODY THE CENTRAL

QUESTIONS FACING VOTERS THIS

ELECTION.

>> IT'S CONFUSING.

LIKE DO YOU VOTE FOR THE BLACK

GUY, DO YOU VOTE FOR THE MORMON

GUY?

>> WE'RE IN A POSITION THAT NO

OTHER PEOPLE IN AMERICA CAN BE

IN ELECTION.

>> SEEING THE FIRST BLACK

AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESIDENT WAS

EXCITING.

MITT ROMNEY, MR. ROMNEY, BROTHER

ROMNEY, WE ARE OF THE SAME FAITH

AND I LIKE HIM

>> HOWEVER WHICH WAY YOU GUYS

VOTE YOU GUYS ARE GONNA WIN?

>> YES.

(LAUGHTER)

>> BUT THEN YOU GUYS ARE

DEFINITELY ALL GONNA LOSE, TOO.

SO WHO DO YOU CHOOSE?

OKAY, WE'RE GOING TO DO A QUICK

TEST TO FIND OUT IF YOU'RE MORE

BLACK OR MORE MORMON.

SO, LYNN, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT

THE FACT THAT THE MORMON CHURCH

DIDN'T REALLY FULLY ACCEPT

AFRICAN AMERICANS UNTIL ABOUT

1978?

>> MOST CHURCHES HAVE RACISM IN

THEIR HISTORY.

>> I'M JUST GONNA GO AHEAD AND

COUNT THAT AS MORMON.

>> OKAY.

>> FINISH THIS SENTENCE "THE

ROOF, THE ROOF, THE ROOF IS ON

FIRE --"

>> WE DON'T NO WATER LET THE

ROOF JUST BURN!

>> OKAY, THAT'S PRETTY MORMON.

(LAUGHTER)

>> THE THING IS, YOU CANNOT PUT

US IN A GLASS JAR.

WE'RE AMERICANS WHO HAPPEN TO BE

BLACK AND HAPPEN TO BE MORMON.

>> YOU KNOW WHAT?

YOU'RE RIGHT.

I'M REALLY SORRY THAT I KIND OF

TRY TO PUT EVERYBODY INTO A BOX.

>> I AGREE.

>> OKAY, NOW HOW DOES THE BLACK

PART OF YOU FEEL ABOUT MY

APOLOGY?

>> I ACCEPT IT.

>> OKAY, NOW HOW DOES THE MORMON

SIDE OF YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT?

>> SAME WAY, EXACT SAME WAY.

>> WITH THE MARGINS RAZOR THIN

EVERY VOTE COUNTS.

SO I WAS GOING TO HELP THIS

RAREST OF PEOPLE COME TO A

DECISION.

ALL RIGHT, SO LET'S TALK ABOUT

BLACK MORMON ISSUES, OKAY?

LIKE, UM --

(LAUGHTER)

UM -- THE GOOD NEWS IS BLACK

MORMONS ARE JUST LIKE THE REST

OF US.

>> OBAMA, I LIKE HIS POSITION ON

HEALTH CARE.

HEALTH CARE UNDER OBAMA IS A TAX

>> CAN YOU PLEASE REFER TO HIM

AS PRESIDENT OBAMA?

I MEAN, SHOW HIM SOME RESPECT, I

MEAN GOODNESS.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> YOU'RE SAYING HOW DO I LIKE

WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS DONE IS

JACKED UP THE DEBT.

>> AIN'T IT INTERESTING THAT THE

REPUBLICAN GUY BACK THERE IS THE

ANGRY BLACK MAN?

(LAUGHTER)

>> AND LIKE THE REST OF US, THIS

ELECTION IS TEARING THEM APART.

>> THIS GUY SOUNDS JUST LIKE A

WHITE REPUBLICAN.

>> HE DIDN'T WIN BECAUSE OF HIS

SKIN COLOR.

>> HE DIDN'T WIN BECAUSE HE HAD

A BEATER TEAM THAT GOT ON THE

INTERNET --

>> YES, HE DID.

>> I THINK YOU'RE SELLING

AMERICA SHORT.

>> NO.

>> GUYS, THERE'S SO FEW OF YOU.

THERE CAN'T BE BLACK MORMON

AGAINST BLACK MORMON.

>> WHY CAN'T WE?

>> YES, NO MATTER WHO THEY VOTE

FOR THESE BLACK MORMONS ARE JUST

LIKE EVERY OTHER AMERICAN--

ARGUMENTATIVE AND INTOLERANT OF

EACH OTHER'S VIEW POINTS.

>> I'M NOT BEING CONTENTIOUS,

I'M JUST SAYING.

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