USA Today claimed Tuesday that Georgia Senate Democrat candidate Raphael Warnock’s sermon calling for America to “repent for its worship of whiteness” is “missing context.”
USA Today wrote how Warnock, who hopes to oust Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) in January, has come under “intense scrutiny from conservative groups who seek to paint Warnock’s religious sermons as radical.”
The outlet claimed that the video of Warnock’s controversial remarks is “missing context” from the rest of his sermon.
“If it is true that a man who has dominated the news and poisoned the discussion for months needs to repent, then it is doubly true that a nation that can produce such a man and make his vitriol go viral needs to repent,” Warnock said in an address at Atlanta’s Candler School of Theology right before the 2016 presidential election.
“No matter what happens next month, more than a third of the nation that would go along with this is reason to be afraid,” Warnock emphasized. “America needs to repent for its worship of whiteness on full display.”
Here is a video of Warnock’s sermon:
USA Today claimed Warnock’s use of “whiteness” is merely an academic term.
Citing the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the outlet claimed whiteness is “the way that white people, their customs, culture, and beliefs operate as the standard by which all other groups are compared.”
Andra Gillespie, the director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute for Race and Difference at Emory University, told USA Today, “It is not meant to be a structural attack on white people.”
The director for the Institute for Race and Difference also said Warnock is “trying to offer a very pointed critique of a white supremacist culture that privileges whiteness above all other types of people.”
USA Today added that whiteness “does not refer to specific people who may identify or be seen as ‘whiteness.’ Warnock’s comments were not advocating anti-white bias.”
The outlet also said that Warnock’s sermon, “How Towers Tumble,” alludes to the Biblical story of the Tower of Babel and how America worships “whiteness,” wealth, and power, which he believes goes against Christian teachings.
“That’s a construction. It’s called bigotry, it’s called racism and sexism and misogyny and xenophobia. Race is not a biological factor, it’s a sociological construct. God made us, but we make stuff up,” Warnock said.
“We have constructed towers of domination that lift up a few, structures of evil that God never intended in the first place. When the quality of your education and access to basic health care is a function of your ZIP code, the whole city suffers. And the tower tumbles,” added in his sermon.
Loeffler has attacked Warnock for justifying his controversial remarks by claiming that he was citing the Bible.
During a debate between Loeffler and Warnock in December, the Georgia conservative attacked Warnock for attempting to justify his use of the Bible to say that Americans cannot serve God and the military at the same time.
You know, I’m a Christian, I’m a person of deep faith. I don’t need a lecture from someone who has used the Bible to justify attacking our military. That is not is not in Matthew, it does not say you cannot serve God and the military. But he has also used the Bible to justify abortion.
“I cannot stand by and let Georgians not know who my opponent is and how radical his views are and how he would fundamentally change our country. He’s out of step with Georgia’s values,” Loeffler added.
Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.