A white pastor for an Atlanta or with tears in his eyes, apologized for referring to the “blessing of slavery” and which suggests that the expression “white privilege” could be better understood as a “white blessing . ” Louie Giglio, the founder of the Passion of the City and Christian Church linked to conferences, made these comments in a recorded conversation with Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae Moore and Dan Cathy, CEO of the restaurant chain fast, Chick-fil-A, who is also an Evangelical Christian.
The three men sat down for a panel discussion on race in America, which was broadcast online Sunday amid nationwide protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, just two days after the Rayshard Brooks took was shot and killed by Atlanta police in an altercation in a Wendy’s drive-thru.
At one point, during the hour-long discussion, Giglio suggested that people who may be reluctant to accept the term “white privilege” may better understand the idea if it is called a “white blessing.” ”
“We understand the curse that was slavery, white people do it, and tell us” it’s bad “, but we miss the blessing of slavery, that it actually builds the framework for the world that white people lived and live in. And so many people call this the privilege of white people, “the island of Giglio, told jury members.
The pastor added later, “Perhaps, a great thing for me is to call it” white blessing. »‘
Online play was quick, and Giglio Island apologized in a video message posted to Twitter on Tuesday, his audible voice shaking as he called it a “horrible choice of words.” ”
“To be clear, I don’t believe there is a blessing in slavery, on the contrary,” he said. “What I’m trying to understand and help people see is that I, my white brothers and sisters, we sit largely where we are today because of centuries of crude injustice done to our black brothers and sisters ”.
Moore, on the other hand, has been criticized by some, who said he failed to speak against the lyrics in the moment. The artist could be seen nodding his head up and down, and appeared to let out a laugh when Giglio used the words “white blessing.” ”
In his tweet on Tuesday, Moore apologized to “anyone who has been let go” and said that he was trying to be diplomatic during a difficult currency exchange. He said he spent years “fighting racism in the evangelical church”, and that while he spoke to Giglio afterwards, he “missed an opportunity to care for the people I came to represent. ”
Cathy, for her part, the public did not respond to the comments.