'RHOSLC': The housewives are slyly exposing the Mormon faith's racist beliefs, fans call it a 'very real culture'

A fan wrote, 'Racism is so deeply rooted in Mormonism...I feel like they’re just quickly addressing that racism exists to get it over with #RHOSLC'

'RHOSLC': The housewives are slyly exposing the Mormon faith's racist beliefs, fans call it a 'very real culture'
Heather Gay, Jen Shah, Whitney Rose (Bravo)
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In its premiere episode, the 'Real Housewives of Salt Lake City' tackles religion, and possibly not in the best way when it comes to those who invest a lot in it. But the cast members are unbelievably open about what they have done to break the code that binds the believers. They are up to speed with what the "how to be a good Mormon" sentence stands for – "Don't drink, don't swear, treat your body like a temple." In addition to this, the church expects one to maintain fidelity within marriage and to watch for sin. But the ladies are beyond and above the religious laws, and even though they are not approaching the issue in a direct manner but they are sort of slyly exposing the racist tenets of Mormonism.  

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Jen Shah began by questioning Mormonism and how its strict rules pushed her to convert to Islam. Jen was raised Mormon and that was all she knew until she got married to Sharrief. Five years into it, she asked if he would convert to Mormonism, but he flat out denied saying that the church wouldn't accept Black people as part of their members until  the1970s. Jen was taken aback by the revelation and decided to change her faith because: "You know what, I cannot sign up for a religion that didn't accept my husband and my kids." 

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Heather Gay, one of the other ladies, leads her confessional with the Mormon doctrines and how it preaches that "perfection is attainable." She goes on to say how she is a "pure-bred, pedigreed, pioneered Mormon," but at the same time reveals information that is not in alliance with the principles of the faith. She has divorced five years ago, which is a huge no-no in Mormon faith. She further adds that she loves and gravitates to everything that the religion doesn't stand for. "I have tried not to drink, smoke, swear, love rap music, love Black men, love homosexuals." 

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Whitney Rose was excommunicated from the church for having an affair with her boss while being married to another person. She was five months pregnant when she got married to Justin Rose. The couple has two beautiful kids together and has been living their best life.  

Clearly, the ladies are a rebel, albeit with a cause. They seem to not like the bindings and restrictions that Mormon faith has to offer or else they would very stay within the guidelines of it. Meanwhile, fans seem to support the ladies for doing what they did.

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"As a Black, biracial, gay now ex-member who grew up in SLC, I can confirm that there's a very real culture of racism in Mormonism. It's a lot more recent than you may think. Anyone else has a similar experience in our outside of SLC? Receipts inside. #RHOSLC #MormonI," a user commented, while another shared: "went to high school with a bunch of Mormons so I definitely went knowing... racism is definitely indoctrinated.. #RHOSLC." Another fan of the show said, "Racism is so deeply rooted in Mormonism...I feel like they’re just quickly addressing that racism exists to get it over with #RHOSLC". A user tweeted: "#RHOSLC Wow.... A lot of racism in that church according to their own members #NotCool."

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Catch all the new episodes of 'Real Housewives of Salt Lake City' on Bravo every Wednesday at 10/9c. For more information, check your local listings.  

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