How (George) Romney Championed Civil Rights and Challenged His Church

At The Atlantic, Paul Harvey and Edward J. Blum document the Civil Rights record of Mitt Romney’s father George who, as governor of Michigan, supported racial equality, even though his stance went against the LDS church’s official teachings at the time. “In order to stand alongside leaders like Martin Luther King, George Romney had to weave his way through the intricate mazes of race, religion, civil rights, and church leadership issues,” they write. “Should he choose to follow his father’s lead, Mitt Romney’s path would seem to be much smoother … Historic barriers have been lifted, but with such sharp divides within politics itself, common ground seems more elusive than ever.”

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