The first question for GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney at a town hall meeting in Green Bay, Wisc. on April 2nd came from a man who wanted to quote the Book of Mormon. The man, who’s been identified as a Ron Paul supporter, wanted to know if Romney thought it was a sin for a white man to marry and pro-create with a black woman.
Below is a transcript of the exchange:
Man: Ok. Well, um, In the Mormon book, it says there were a blackness came upon all children of Canaan and..
Romney: [Talking over him] I’m sorry, we’re just not going to have a discussion about religion in my view, but I can—if you have a question, I can answer your question.
Man: I guess my question is, do you believe it is a sin for a white man to marry and pro-create with a black woman?
Romney: No. Next question. Yes. Yes, sir.
“I think what you’ll find folks on the left doing is saying, ‘Look at this, look at the Mormon faith, this is what they used to believe while Mitt Romney was practicing!’” David Wilson, founding editor of African-American news site The Grio told BuzzFeed.com. “A lot of folks are going to want answers.”
“We’ve all heard that story from Mitt Romney, but… people are going to call out the Republican nominee with very specific questions about what he believed when these things were being taught to him,” Wilson said. “I think that’s where it gets very dicey for him; once Romney has to get into the details of Mormon scripture.”
“I want to hear him talk about this,” Marc Lamont Hill, a professor at Columbia University’s Teachers College, went on to tell Buzz Feed. “I won’t be disingenuous about it. I’m not going to pretend that I believe Mitt Romney is a closet racist… but he needs to contextualize this for us.”
(h/t Buzz Feed)