Evangelical Pastor Explains What He Sees As The Root Of Racism

Evangelical Pastor Explains What He Sees As The Root Of Racism

Antonia Blumberg     Associate Religion Editor, The Huffington Post

“White people can be so defensive about this subject.”
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Evangelical pastor Carl Lentz is taking white Americans to task for getting “defensive” when it comes to addressing racism.

In a recent conversation with Oprah Winfrey on SuperSoul Sunday, the television star asked Lentz what he sees as the “root of racism.”

The pastor responded, simply: “Ignorance.”

“Ignorance is a lack of information, which creates insecurity; insecurity creates defensiveness, and defensiveness creates attack,” Lentz, the lead pastor of Hillsong Church NYC, told Oprah. “It frustrates me that people want to act like this isn’t a conversation. White people can be so defensive about this subject.”

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