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from U.S. & Mormon settler colonialism, white supremacy, and imperialism
from U.S. & Mormon settler colonialism, white supremacy, and imperialism
"DezNat is an far-right, white nationalist hashtag and movement first seen as #DeseretNationalist in 2017 leading up to the white supremacist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia and used mainly by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) on Twitter. It is short for Deseret Nationalist, Deseret Nation, or Deseret Nationalism." - DezNat Exposed
Deseret, or the State of Deseret, was a provisional state of the United States, proposed in 1849 by settlers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City. The provisional state existed for slightly over two years and was never recognized by the United States government. The name derives from the word for "honeybee" in the Book of Mormon
The stated goal of Deseret Nationalism is to create a Mormon ethnostate ruled by a theodemocracy. This was also the goal of the state of Deseret & is still a required antecedent for the Second Coming of Jesus.
Meet Logan Starr Smith, the so-called founder of the DezNat hashtag, with his wife, Antoinette Wright Smith, aka J.P. Bellum & SisterBellum, of Pocatello, Idaho.
Logan Smith said he was first drawn to Deseret Nationalism after hearing about it from Mormon white nationalist & Identity Evropa member, Ayla “Wife With A Purpose” Stewart. Logan claims reading an article on Stewart is what "finally drove [him] to join twitter and start participating in the discussions to explore a movement [he] felt drawn to."
Now what ties the Unite the Right rally (white-supremacists carrying tiki torches to protest the removal of a statue of someone willing to die to protect his ppl's right to own other racialized humans) to Mormonism beside that Ayla was supposed to be a guest speaker?
One) Monuments to white-supremacist leaders as monuments are just symbols of white power & this is what these white-supremacists are aboutt: white power.”
An article titled, “What the Removal of Confederate Monuments Means for Utahns” from the Deseret Nationalist Association reads:
“Mormonism is dying in Salt Lake City, but still has a firm grasp on Utah's rural areas. This is primarily due to disparities in the racial demographics of the two areas. Salt Lake City is only 67.2% white while rural Utah is well known for its overtly white, Mormon, conservative culture. White Utahns who enjoy Utah's more conservative, Mormon culture will have to embrace ethno-nationalism if they want it to survive. If we don't fight to defend our White majority here in Utah we will lose the Mormon identity that has been the defining characteristic of this state for generations.”
“Within the next three years, the Mormon share of Utah's population is expected to hit its lowest level since The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints started keeping membership numbers. And if current trends continue, LDS residents no longer will constitute a majority by 2030. Mormonism in Utah is dying, and the driving force of this is Utah's growing nonwhite population. The vast majority of immigrants coming into Utah aren't Mormon, and are diluting our implicitly white, Mormon culture.”
"What will happen in your country with the changes that are occurring? The declining population and the influx of an increasing number of immigrants will eventually make you a minority in your own land.” - L. Tom Perry, "What Seek Ye" General Conference, 2005 posted by Ayla Stewart under her screen name "WifeWithAPurpose"
Ayla is a self-described "TradWife" who once considered herself a liberal, feminist, pagan who master's thesis was on homebirth.
“Tradwives and white nationalists share core objectives (more babies), myths (America's moral decline), and iconography (happy heterosexual families). Such close proximity, particularly on social media, makes the exchange of ideas a straightforward prospect. When a tradwife mentions threats to "European culture" and "Western civilization," she's borrowing euphemistic language from white nationalists. When she talks about protecting her children from multiculturalism and black-on-white crime, she's all but reading from the hate movement's proverbial handbook.” - SEYWARD DARBY, SISTERS IN HATE: AMERICAN WOMEN ON THE FRONT LINES OF WHITE NATIONALISM
Speaking of "more (white/Mormon) babies":
"Women's reproductive labors-both in a literal & a social sense were central to these processes.” - Margaret D. Jacobs
While white women were asked to “make more settlers” settlers were sterilizing Indigenous women w/o informed consent thru the 1920s & 30s.
Some of Ayla's favorite verses from the Book of Mormon ban interracial reproduction.
Brigham Young even suggested if a white-Mormon "mingle their seed with the seed of Cain" (old Christian belief about Black people being cursed by Bible God) then Blood-Atonement via decapitation & murdering the rest of the mixed family would be a blessing unto that white-Mormon.
Which brings us back to the white/Mormon-nationalism of ethnostate of Deseret sought by folks in the DezNat movement.
“White Utahns who enjoy Utah's more conservative, Mormon culture will have to embrace ethno-nationalism if they want it to survive. If we don't fight to defend our White majority here in Utah we will lose the Mormon identity that has been the defining characteristic of this state for generations.”
"I'm ok with being called a Deseret Nationalist. It's like being called a Kingdom of God nationalist." - Logan Smith as JPBellum
Reminder that one of the founding members of the DezNat community is an assistant Atorney General for Alaska, goes by the name of First Presidency member, active anti-semite/Nazi-ally, & namesake of BYU's law school: JReubenClark
Clark had effusive praise for Hitler and the society he was creating. This is in spite of the numerous reports he had concerning Nazi death camps. He even "suppressed" the anti-Nazi writings of a former mission president to Czechoslovakia which contained pictures of prisoners in a German concentration camp and did so after yet more reports from death camps such as Auschwitz. The FBI had secret files which detailed how Nazi agents received the private encouragement of J. Reuben Clark.
Clark is also co-author of this Proclamation to the World & on April 17, 1949, the First Presidency published this proclamation: THE NEGRO A PROCLAMATION TO THE WORLD
Clark used his church position to obstruct what he perceived as "Jewish influence." After Nazi Germany's annexation of Austria, Clark denied desperate pleas by Austrian Mormon converts from Judaism who sought the church's help in emigrating to safety.
"On August 13, 2017, Church leaders released an official statement in response to the violence seen at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Ayla Stewart, one of the scheduled speakers, praised the statement, retweeting it with the comment, "The #LDS church teachings are clear, you cannot be anti white and a follower of Christ. We are ALL God's children!"
"Wheat & Tares" wrote a blog post featuring Ayla's statement, arguing that this Church's statements on race tend to have a purposeful ambiguity, making them virtual Rorschach tests, which is exactly what they've done w/ their white-supremacist settler colonialism creation of "The Lamanite."
There is a lot here & I could go on & on about DezNats as they are the logical result of the histories I study & share here. They are the definition of my oft repeated: "These histories have histories" but i will leave you with the words of Asst. Attorney General of Alaska, Matthias Cicotte & DezNat twitter troll under the username: JReubenClark.
Asst. Attorney General of Alaska, Matthias Cicotte, aka JReubenClark: Mormonism is "not compatible with the 'Hitler Did Nothing Wrong' contingent of the alt right." But when people like Ayla "cite The Book of Mormon or the Bible to support nationalist ideas, they aren't wrong."
I am nicholas b jacobsen, an artist, researcher, historian, educator, and organizer. I am a trans-non binary Euro-settler raised in the Nuwu lands of so-called Utah. My family has been Mormon and Utahn for as long as either of those concepts have existed. My ancestors sacrificed everything--their identities, homelands, jobs, health, & safety to become Mormon, Utahn, U.S. American, & white--to settler their Zion. I take it as my personal responsibility to unsettle what my ancestors settled. and to help my fellow settlers do the same through writing, art, and community building.