On Sunday (Jun 14), Giglio sat down with rapper Lecrae and Dan Cathy to have an open and honest conversation around how racism has plagued the city of Atlanta and the nation.
During the conversation, Giglio stated that instead of the phrase “white privilege,” he would rather say “white blessings” as a way to show the importance that language plays in the discussion. To get things started, Giglio opened the conversation by saying:
“I feel like on the inside of the church we’re fighting this historical context you [Lecrae] talk about. In other words, we love the blessing of the cross but we don’t love to sit in it and realize this is what gods asking me to do, to die to myself, and live for him, whatever context that’s going to look like for me. But I want to flip that upside down because I think the other side of it is true with our nation’s history,” Giglio said. “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 framework for the world that white people live in and lived in.”
Visibly taken aback by the remark, Lecrae responded to the “blessings” claim with a surprisingly soft response that left many fans scratching their heads.
“It’s very real for me to wake up and look at movies or tv and not see people that look like me,” Lecrae said. “So when I hear my white brothers and sisters talk about this “blessing” of slavery, it’s because I realize that many of you feel like you’re absent of culture.”
While Lecrae’s passionate explanation wasn’t the issue, many felt that his approach was too “soft” in regards to being a response to the disrespect hurled by the Pastor’s comments.
Lecrae responded to the backlash with a detail response to the statement made by the pastor and addressing the backlash from fans.
Still, there were quite a few fans and critics that weren’t here for the conversation at all after the Giglio’s comments and called for Black folks to walk away from the faith altogether if they are unable to hold the church clergy accountable.
After facing backlash of his own, Giglio took to Twitter to clarify his comment, stating he was “not seeking to refer to slavery as a blessing—but that we are privileged because of the curse of slavery. In calling it a privilege/benefit/blessing—word choice wasn’t great. Trying to help us see society is built on the dehumanization of others. My apology, I failed.”
Check out what Black Twitter ha to say below.
* sees Lecrae trending*— BlackXtian (@BlackXtian) June 16, 2020
ME: Yo! I love Lecrae! Been down since #RealTalk. His growth been amazing. Always spits real gospel street ish. Folk hate on Crae cuz he unapologetically BLACK. “Welcome to America” was 🔥
* sees WHY Lecrae is trending *
I grew up in the church and I really have a lot of reservations about different things but one thing was for sure. WE WERE 99% BLACK AND NEVER TAUGHT SLAVERY WAS A BLESSING. that “talk” between Louie Giglio, Dan Cathy, and Lecrae is 🤢🤮— awkward connoisseur (@RaychJackson) June 16, 2020
Wow. Emasculating. This man just told you a ghost gave him a blessing to rape kill and enslave your ancestors @lecrae. In the name of White Jesus. And all you can do is empathize about their laments? Wow #youngadultslearningevil— YoungAdultsLearningEvil (@YoungAdultsLEP) June 16, 2020
Lecrae sat there deaf, dumb, and mute, and allowed a white man to explain white privilege as a white blessing; that’s the bigger issue for me 🙄🙄🙄🙄— Corey Bu-Shea (@coreybking) June 16, 2020
“The blessing of slavery is that it BUILT the frame that white people live in” pic.twitter.com/OUtZD0byQ7— Frederick (@frhicks53) June 16, 2020
“But jay not my Chick-Fil-A! where do I get my overly greasy spicy chicken sandwich now?!?!”— Jay Coles (@mrjaycoles) June 16, 2020
May I show you some online recipes for non-racist, non-homophobic chicken sandwiches? Cause I got you.
I regret ever giving them my money. I regret ever working there part time in high school.— Jay Coles (@mrjaycoles) June 16, 2020
I just keep re-watching that video of the CEO of Chick-Fil-A, Lecrae, and Louie Giglio talk about how slavery was a blessing. Just to make sure I’m hearing correctly.
And I just..... pic.twitter.com/hk2AEdVMwv
I'm not surprised Lecrae blocked Dr. Anthea Butler. The last time I was still on a texting basis with him, he told me I shouldn't start articles by quoting "polarizing leaders" like the black liberation theologian James Cone.— Daniel José Camacho (@DanielJCamacho) June 16, 2020
The love for whiteness is strong 🙁