Brigham says those in mixed-race marriages should have their blood shed as an atonement.

Feb 5, 1852
Speech / Court Transcript
Brigham Young
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Brigham Young, Speech, February 5, 1852, Historian's Office reports of speeches, 1845-1885, Church History Library

George D. Watt
Brigham Young
Latter-day Saints

In the priesthood I will <tell> you what it will do. Where the children of men God to mingle there seed with the seed of Cain it would not only bring the curse <of being deprived of the power of the priesthood> upon themselves making themselves slaves but they entail it upon their children after them, and they cannot get rid of it. If a man in an unguarded moment should commit such a transgression, if he would walk up and say cut off my head, and kill man woman and child it would do a great deal towards atoning for the sin. Would this be to curse them? no it would be a blessing to them. — it would do them good that they might be saved with their Bren. A man <would> shudder should they here us take about killing folk, but it is one of the greatest blessings to some to kill them, although the true principles of it are not understood . . .

What was the cause of the ancients drawing up hundreds and thousands of Bullocks, and Hefiers, and Lambs, and doves, and almost every other creature around them, of which they took the best and the fatest, and offered them up as sacrifices unto the Lord. Was it not for the remission of the sins of the people. We read <also> in the new Testament that a man was sacrificed for the sins of the people. If he had not shed that blood which was given to him in the organization of his body or Tabernacle, you and I could <not> have had no remission of sins. It is the greatest blessing that could come to some men to shed their blood on the ground, and let it come up before the Lord as an atonement. You nor I cannot take any more life than we can give.

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