Lecrae just took a major ‘L’ and all it took was a simple head nod.
It all started with a sit-down chat between the Christian rapper, Pastor Louie Giglio, and Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy. In what’s been touted as “an honest conversation about race and the Church,” Giglio attempted to rebrand “white privilege” as “white blessing” to make it more palatable to white people.
Pastor Louie Giglio, rapper Lecrae and Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy "had an honest conversation about race and the Church" on June 14.
Here's an example of why words and their meanings matter.
"White Privilege" vs. "White Blessings" pic.twitter.com/VkSP6RP0t1
— Nicola A. Menzie (@namenzie) June 16, 2020
Now, of course, “white blessing” is trending on Twitter, with folks accurately pointing out the absurdity in Pastor Louie’s statement…
White privilege is wanting to rebrand something as white blessing because white fragility makes white people not want to hear about white privilege. Yeah, the concept is supposed to make you uncomfortable because the reality is uncomfortable.
— BethEBanana🍌 (@hithisisbanana) June 16, 2020
Spoiler alert: The systems & structures of white supremacy are not a blessing, they too are actually a curse. One of the reasons white people cling to white supremacist systems is that they see blessing in them when in reality they're a curse that is destroying them and others.
— Kyle J. Howard (@KyleJamesHoward) June 16, 2020
"White blessing"?! Seriously? That's even WORSE sounding than white privilege–it presumes that said privilege is somehow deserved and divinely bestowed. What utter bullshiteousness.
— 💙Rapunzel™ Black Lives Matter (@co_rapunzel4) June 16, 2020
But, it wasn’t just the illogical ridiculousness of the phrase “white blessing” that had people in an uproar. It was Lecrae agreement, and later his complete adherence to the phrase, that had folks up in arms…
Lecrae really let that white pastor call slavery a blessing pic.twitter.com/EGCvAbJEKs
— Craig Bro Dude (@CraigSJ) June 16, 2020
When Kanye said slavery was a choice, I didn’t think it could be topped. But @louiegiglio just looked Lecrae dead in the eyes and tried to explain to him that slavery was somehow a “blessing.”
When y’all gone divest from yt evangelicalism once and for all??
— Ramses 🇻🇪🇬🇾 (@RamsesPrashad) June 16, 2020
How did Lecrae just sit there nodding his head? How did he not get up and slap him once for the racism and twice for just rambling? https://t.co/aLXoQWByuR
— Thom1st (@Thom1st) June 16, 2020
In Lecrae’s defense, the entire hour long conversation didn’t just focus on “white blessing”, the Grammy-winner also opened up about his own experience being profiled and chastised by police starting from a young age and continuing through adulthood. The discussion was meant to bring light to systemic racism and how the church can be allies in the fight against injustices. And Lecrae squarely put the onus of learning and being educated about Black experiences on white people.
I watch the whole context of the video with Giglio and Lecrae. And Lecrae DID correct the pastor BUT play it too safe. To be honest, He felt trapped IMO because he should have answered more aggressively but was conflicted with bring racial reconciliation in a peaceful way. 1/x pic.twitter.com/FxXdmoAYbK
— #BLM ✊🏾 🔲 | DEPRESSION’S BIGGEST ENEMY (@pbox116) June 16, 2020
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