I agree LDS and Catholics, and all religions are brainwashed to believe in Jesus Christ and the Bible. I think any parent who wants their child to believe certain things and have values will brainwash (teach) them to believe what they want them to believe. So we are all brainwashed, but we also have to reach a point in our lives when we make our own decision based on knowledge and our own conversion process. LDS and Catholics have that freedom of choice and therefore are not forced or coerced or held captive against their will.
The claim that the LDS Church and its members are predjudiced against black people and exclude blacks from membership has been around for some time. However, a careful review of Church history to this day presents quite a different picture. People of African descent have been members of the Church almost from the beginning in 1830. Several blacks joined the Church when they were slaves and, after being freed, went west with the great pioneer exodus from Missouri to Utah.
Black members were relatively few in the early days, but their membership has grown vigorously in recent years. Since LDS Church membership records do not identify race, it is impossible to accurately measure the growth of the black membership: however statistics on membership in areas where people are largely or exclusively of African descent demonstrate significant growth. The first black African stake made up of approximately 2500 members was organized in Nigeria in 1988.
Until June 1978 male black members of the Church could not hold the priesthood. The reasons for this restriction was not given, but has been speculated on. As early as 1857 Brigham Young said that the time will come when they will have the privilege of all that we have the privilege of and more. In June 1978 President Spencer W. Kimball, then the prophet of the Church announced that all worthy males could hold the priesthood.
Since the early days of the Church blacks have been welcomed and fellowshipped in the Church. There has never been any demarcation between blacks and whites. During the civil rights movement in the 1960s, Protestant churches in the US, South Africa and other parts of the world routinely separated blacks and whites for worship and fellowship. No such separation ever existed in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
I may be wrong, but I do not know that Joseph Smith had any wives but one, Emma. I have tried to find out, but never came across anything but that many single women were sealed to him after his death. On that subject I only know what the anti-mormons have said, and that ranges according to who is telling the story. Could be he had 20 or 40 or 100, I have never heard this story. Strange that in 62 years I would not have heard about it. But then you know how they keep secrets in the Mormon church. Maybe some of the other Mormons know, and can tell where we can find it in a non-anti-mormon site.
I was under the impression that until very recently, The Church of LDS believed blacks could not enter into the kingdom of heaven. I saw this on a documentary, but I could be wrong. I will take your word for it because you are likely more knowlegible on the subject than me, but I’m pretty sure that Joseph Smith had multiple wives.