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Lawrence Ware, a Black Southern Baptist minister and Oklahoma State University faculty member, has decided to leave the church’s convention in light of its support of President Donald Trump and white supremacy. Ware shared these thoughts in an open letter published exclusively by the New York Times.

From the Times:

As a black scholar of race and a minister who is committed to social justice, I can no longer be part of an organization that is complicit in the disturbing rise of the so-called alt-right, whose members support the abhorrent policies of Donald Trump and whose troubling racial history and current actions reveal a deep commitment to white supremacy.

Ware points to last month’s annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in where a Black Texas pastor introduced a resolution to denounce white supremacy that was not adopted by the church. The resolution was amended and passed, but only after pointed language was removed and later approved the 15 million member organization’s leadership.

Read the rest of Lawrence Ware’s open letter here.

Photo: Oklahoma State University