Even though his megachurch is located in a prominent city which has served as an economic and cultural haven for Black people in the city, Giglio made his case, directed mostly at Lecrae, the only Black man on the panel.
Here lies another problem that Black people are made to feel that they are the sole resource for white people who have finally decided to educate themselves about racism.
One of the most prominent voices urging progression in the Black church, writer Candice Benbow, engaged in a back and forth with the rapper over why his silence morphed into acceptance, and urged Lecrae to reconsider the harmful effects of positioning himself alongside messages that prop up patriarchy and white supremacy.
Benbow explained that she entered the conversation after she saw Lecrae’s response to a Black women who called him out over his compliance.
Lecrae apologized for the exchange on social media, in now deleted tweets, but Benbow’s argument leans heavily into the ways in which Black people are expected to accept mistreatment, disenfranchisement and death in the name of “forgiveness” and “acceptance.”