By Jeremy L. Sabella
On June 14th, as the city of Atlanta reeled from the murder of Rayshard Brooks at the hands of white police officers two days prior, white evangelical Christian pastor Louie Giglio hosted a panel on race at his Passion City Church. While sharing the stage with Black Christian rapper Lecrae and Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy, Giglio said the following:
“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.”
Giglio went on to suggest replacing the phrase “white privilege” with “white blessing” to avoid antagonizing white audiences in discussions of race.
The social media reaction was swift and incisive. As religious studies scholar Anthea Butler put it, “Giglio said what was true to him and what’s true to a lot of evangelicals, but it doesn’t make it right.”
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