The evangelical pastor of an Atlanta megachurch is apologizing following outrage on social media after he suggested that slavery should be viewed as a “blessing” to white people.
Pastor Louie Giglio with the Passion City Church made the comments Sunday during a recorded conversation with Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy and Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae.
“We understand the curse that was slavery, white people do,” Giglio said. “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.”
He went on to say that instead of using the term white privilege, he prefers “white blessing.”
“I’m living in the blessing of the curse that happened generationally that allowed me to grow up in Atlanta,” the pastor said.
Lecrae, who is Black, nodded his head as the pastor spoke. The rapper told Giglio that the idea of being able to dismiss the term white privilege is a privilege in and of itself.
“You have the ability to not think about it. I cannot change my skin tone,” Lecrae explained. “I cannot live another day without recognizing my blackness.”
The pastor’s comments were quickly condemned on Twitter and Lecrae also came under fire after some people on social media criticized his response.
“LOL @louiegiglio what is more white privilege than saying ‘I don’t like this term so change it so I am not offended and might listen to you’ This is some ‘all lives matter’ bulls—,” one user wrote.
Goldie Taylor, the editor-at-large of The Daily Beast, said Giglio has a “damningly inadequate grasp of history.”
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SOURCE: NBC News, Minyvonne Burke