"Color" in the Book of Mormon was ALWAYS primarily "metaphorical".... The same way color references in the Bible were always primarily metaphorical.
People who actually read the scriptures have always known this.
Of course, it is also true that there DID seem to be some skin color differences between the two major groups, which would make sense if one was more modern and more Hebrew and the other more primitive. However, we also know from the Book of Mormon that even Lamanites were called WHITE.... Clearly, color in the Book of Mormon was primarily a metaphor in reference to spirituality and purity.
LOL, that's not what I was taught when I was a member.
Always known this? Ah yes, the old blame the members routine.
Face the f*****g facts, faqs, the Cult of Mormonism has always been racist and has scrambled for years to hide or rewrite doctrine in order to hide facts. And then, cultists like you put the blame on members when they regurgitate doctrine that hasn't been cleaned up by people like you.
I guarantee you if I were to go back to my old ward - in my old neighborhood full of mostly retieries - and go to priesthood and ask them point blank what WHITE and BLACK meant in the Book of Mormon, what it means in the POS, what it means in the Book of Abraham, and what the curse of Cain is - they will give me exactly opposite of the kind of b***s*** you're trying to push now.
Your crap only works on younger chapel Mormons. And it works because leaders and Mormons like you have carefully omitted the truth - warped it to meet your current views (to be politically "correct') and to blame any problems on so-called Anti-Mormon "lies".
And this is exactly why I am NOT a Mormon anymore. Because I have integrity and pure honesty. I KNEW why Blacks could not hold the priesthood - they were NOT VALIANT in the PE. They are the linage of Cain. They were fence sitters. Every single time a group of people fell away from the prophets God cursed them with the skin of blackness. This is PURE Mormon Doctrine that people like you and your leaders are trying to dismiss, cover up, or just straight up blatantly lie about.
Of course, the cult of Mormonism will never apologize, never admit they were wrong.
Mormons like you Faqs and Peterson - make me sick.