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Black Evangelical Shocks Upper West Side

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#comment-81675Via Meadia:

 

Walter Russell Mead

6/19/12

 

The Southern Baptist Convention is about to reach an important new moment in its history—the election of its first black president. The New York Times tells the story of Rev. Fred Luter, a black pastor from New Orleans who is all but guaranteed to win election to the Convention’s highest seat. This is a major shift for a movement that was entirely dominated by segregationist whites—and possibly the clearest sign of how far we have come since the beginning of the civil rights movement.

 

This is an extremely encouraging sign, one of which all Americans should be proud. Unfortunately many uninformed Americans, among which can be included a very large group of New York Times readers, have little contact with, knowledge about or respect for evangelicals of any color. “Evangelical = Republican = Racist” is one of the core pillars of the Upper West Side worldview. The election of a black president of the Southern Baptists should change that comfortable certainty, but it probably won’t.

 

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Those sneaky racist Repubs almost fooled me...

 

Then I realized that Rev. Luter is obviously an Uncle Tom being exploited by The Man.

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Those sneaky racist Repubs almost fooled me...

 

Then I realized that Rev. Luter is obviously an Uncle Tom being exploited by The Man.

 

It's no wonder you are seen as one of the leading lights here! Brilliant Deeply insightful analysis!

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