Atlanta megachurch pastor apologizes for saying that people might find 'white blessing' more palatable than 'white privilege'

Louie Giglio, who spoke here in Nashville, Tennessee in 2016, has been criticized for comments that call slavery a "white blessing."
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Atlanta pastor Louie Giglio caught Flak for a chat about racism and slavery with rapper Lecrae and Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A.
In the online service, Giglio said that people "miss the blessing of slavery that actually created the framework for the world in which white people live and live."
Because the term "white privilege" tends to push white people away, Giglio suggested calling it a "white blessing."
Giglio later apologized for his comments, saying that he "did not try to call slavery a blessing - but that we are privileged because of the curse of slavery."
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Louie Giglio, a pastor from the Mega Church in Atlanta, has apologized for comments he made at an online Sunday service where he recommended using the phrase "white blessing" instead of "white privilege."
Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A, and rapper Lecrae held an "open and honest conversation with Giglio about how racism has plagued our city for generations and what steps we can all take to bring it into our church, into ours Neighborhoods to address directly and our hearts, "said Newsweek.
Giglio, leader of the Passionstadtkirche, said that white people regret slavery, but also recognize that they have benefited from it.
"We understand the curse that slavery was, what white people do, and we say 'That was bad', but we miss the blessing of slavery - that it actually created the framework for the world in which white people live and live, "said Giglio.
Giglio said, however, that the term "white privilege" was too aggressive to discuss the phenomenon.
"When you say these two words, it is as if many whites are detonated because they don't want anyone to tell them to check their privilege," he said.
So Giglio suggested a new sentence.
"I know that you and I both these days with 'Hey, if the phrase is the journey up, let's get over the phrase and let's get to the heart, let's get to what you do then want to call, "he said to Lecrae. "And I think maybe calling it 'white blessing' is a great thing for me."
"That I live in the blessing of the curse that happened across generations and that allowed me to grow up in Atlanta," he continued.
Giglio's comments received a backlash online.
Jonathan Merritt

@ JonathanMerritt
When I see @louiegiglio talking about "the blessings of slavery" and "white blessings" I remember that MANY white evangelical leaders are two or three good questions (and a bourbon) from adopting a white supremacist perspective confess.
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Nicola A. Menzie

@namenzie
Pastor Louie Giglio, rapper Lecrae and Chick-fil-A-CEO Dan Cathy had "an honest discussion about race and church" on June 14th.

Here's an example of why words and their meanings matter.

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John Pavlovitz

@ Johnpavlovitz
Giglio's comments remind us that white evangelicals have not changed as much in their domination, homophobia, or misogyny as in their surrender.

They got catchier music and better megaphones - but unfortunately the song remains the same.
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Rev. Rob Lee

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The idea that enslavement is a blessing is nothing less than white supremacy. It's bullshit too.

We have to give up the idea that pastors like @louiegiglio help us with our news and Instagram stories and deal with our privilege faithfully and honestly.
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Nicola A. Menzie

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Pastor Louie Giglio, rapper Lecrae and Chick-fil-A-CEO Dan Cathy had "an honest discussion about race and church" on June 14th.

Here's an example of why words and their meanings matter.

"White Privilege" vs. "White Blessings"
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Giglio replied by trying to go back to his comments and clarify what he meant.
He wrote on Twitter on Monday that he "was not trying to call slavery a blessing - but that we were privileged because of the curse of slavery. If you called it a privilege / benefit / blessing, the choice of words was not great. The attempt to help We see that society is built on the dehumanization of others. My apologies, I failed. "
In a subsequent video posted on Twitter on Tuesday, Giglio apologized to all viewers, especially his "black brothers and sisters".
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