T.I. has addressed the recent comments made by an Atlanta megachurch pastor, who described slavery as a “blessing” during a recent interview with Lecrae and Chick-fil-a CEO Dan Cathy.
In an Instagram Live session this week that kicked off with T.I. remarking there was “a lot of s*** going on,” he first spoke briefly about Lecrae’s appearance in the clip, noting that he has respect for the Christian artist.
“I saw the little devil on his shoulder like ‘N****, you ain’t gonna say nothing?’ … But, you know, he exercised extreme caution and I can respect that because that’s better than me.” T.I. added that, were it him in the clip, he would have “tested [megachurch pastor Louie Giglio’s] jaw.”
Pastor Louie Giglio, rapper Lecrae and Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy “had an honest conversation about race and the Church” on June 14.
Here’s an example of why words and their meanings matter.
“White Privilege” vs. “White Blessings” pic.twitter.com/VkSP6RP0t1
— Nicola A. Menzie (@namenzie) June 16, 2020
From there, T.I. gave his assessment of Giglio’s intentions.
“I don’t know if he’s trying to impress because that’s another thing that white people do,” he said. “They ain’t all the way racist [but] they’re like ‘OK, I’m not a racist but I know have racist followers and I don’t wanna alienate them so I still like my racist customers to be comfortable when they come through here.’ So that’s what it felt like to me.”