Atlanta megachurch Pastor, Louie Giglio has set off a firestorm following his remark during a Sunday panel on racial reconciliation that featured prominent black Christian rapper and Houston native Lecrae, whose real name is Lecrae Devaughn Moore, and Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy.
The leader of Atlanta’s Passion City Church had said that slavery was a “blessing” and the term “White privilege” would be better accepted if it was called “White blessing.”
The Evangelical Pastor said in the viral tape;
“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 framowork for the world that White people live in and lived in.
“And so a lot of people call this white privilege and when you say those two words it’s just, it’s like a fuse goes off for a lot of White people because they don’t want somebody telling them to check their privilege.”
Giglio who noted that the church much like the rest of the country is currently fighting historical context, suggested that a way to get past the negative connotation of slavery and the privilege that was passed down from that dark period in American history where White people profited off of the backs of Blacks, is to simply shift the phrasing.
“Maybe a great thing for me is to call it a white blessing. That I’m living in the blessing of the curse.”