Rev Raphael Warnock: If Churches Aren’t in Trouble With Power, They’re Probably in Bed With It

In a powerful NPR segment (listen below) on whether the Black Church still matters, Michel Martin spoke with Reverend Raphael Warnock senior pastor at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta (Martin Luther King’s pulpit), who said:

If you are a church that’s never in good trouble with the powers, then you’re probably in bed with the powers. And the American church—I don’t see any signs that abusive power, that those who would maintain the status quo and the broadening gap between the haves and have nots, those who continue to build this massive, increasingly privatized prison industrial complex, are worried about the church. Because we’re doing precious little to actually dismantle the American prison industrial complex, which is the new Jim Crow.

The whole segment is worth a listen:

  • Craptacular

    “Because we’re doing precious little to actually dismantle the American prison industrial complex, which is the new Jim Crow.” – Rev Raphael Warnock

    This. When prisons became a for-profit industry, we arrived at a new cultural low point in our society. Unfortunately, it is the minorities and the disenfranchised that suffer for our turning a blind eye. And when unarmed civilians can be killed indiscriminately and without accountability by those whose job it is to protect, we, all of us, live in a society devoid of justice.

  • Frank6548

    There was accountability. It just resulted in a decision based on the facts.

  • Andre M

    Frank6548: champion of the strong, enemy of the weak.

  • Frank6548

    Defender of the truth no matter who it supports.