6 Black Christian Leaders Respond to President Trump’s ‘S—hole Countries’ Remark

Thabiti Anyabwile / Raphael G. Warnock
Thabiti Anyabwile / Raphael G. Warnock

Here is what black pastors and black Christian leaders are saying in response to President Trump referring to Haiti, Honduras, and African countries as ‘s—holes’.


Thabiti Anyabwile, pastor of  Anacostia River Church (Washington, D.C.)

“As a shepherd, I cannot abide the comments our President makes regarding immigrant peoples and their countries of origin. I cannot leave them alone to hear racist barbs, evil speech, incendiary comment, and blasphemous slander against the image and likeness of God in which they are made. I am at a loss for how much I can tangibly do to change the situation. But at least I can speak up to say, ‘This is unacceptable. It is wrong. It is evil. It denigrates our citizens and our country. It does not make us great. It cannot be tolerated in our church and should not be tolerated in our society.'” (SOURCE: The Gospel Coalition)

Progressive National Baptist Convention (Pastor James C. Perkins, President)

It is not enough that Trump says these hurtful words and suffers no consequences. It is that he is developing policies on the basis of race that will hurt people of color for years to come. It is time for us to respond! I am calling on every PNBC pastor to ask your church members to call and write their congresspersons, Republican and Democratic, and demand that they denounce Trump for these hurtful and divisive statements. (SOURCE: PNBC.org)

Rev. Raphael Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church (Atlanta, GA)

“A proclamation without an apology is hypocrisy. There is no redemption without repentance. The president needs to repent.” (SOURCE: 11Alive.com)

“I serve as pastor at a church that is filled with people from far corners of the globe, certainly from throughout the African diaspora. I mean, where would America be without its African descendants? There would be no jazz, the only original music coming from America. There would be no blues. We wouldn’t have the genius of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. without reference to the African continent.” (SOURCE: The Los Angeles Times)

Timothy McDonald, pastor of First Iconium Baptist Church (Atlanta, GA)

“What concerns me is the silence of all the other people, the other people who were in the room. Where are their voices? The other senators who sat there and listened. What did they say? What did they think?” (SOURCE: The Los Angeles Times)

Jemar Tisby, president of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective

Don’t quote King on Monday if you choose to be silent about the president’s racism today. (SOURCE: Twitter)

Reginald T. Jackson, bishop of the AME Church’s 6th Episcopal District

I think [Trump’s comments] are going to create resentment because the inference is these countries are poor and their citizens don’t have anything to offer. He’s an embarrassment around the world. His statement erodes trust in the United States in general and makes life and work in dangerous and volatile areas even more difficult.” (SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution)