"Slaves Waiting for Sale" by Eyre Crowe / Public Domain

A Pastor Wants to Replace “White Privilege” With the “White Blessing” of Slavery

Jun 16, 2020

By Beth Stoneburner

On Sunday, Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia live-streamed a conversation about race and racism featuring Pastor Louie Giglio, Christian rapper Lecrae, and (hey, why not?) Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy.

Things took an odd turn, though, when Giglio suggested that white people like himself consider replacing the phrase “white privilege” — which rubs some people the wrong way — with “white blessing”… an idea that sounded even worse when it meant referencing the “blessing of slavery.”

… I want to flip that upside down because I think the other side… is true with our nation’s history…

We understand the curse that was slavery, white people do, and we say, “That was bad.” But we miss the blessing of slavery, that it actually built up the framework for the world that white people live in and lived in.

And so a lot of people call this “white privilege.” And when you say those two words, it just is like a fuse goes off for a lot of white people, because they don’t want somebody telling them to check their privilege.

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