Evangelical pastor tweets about ‘white privilege’ in response to Ferguson, MO events

21 Aug

Ugh. Embracing the language and ideas of the Left…

Matt Chandler, pastor of The Village Church in Texas and president of the church planting network Acts 29, took to his blog Tuesday to expound upon his tweets about white privilege, why white people should join in the fight for justice, and how it related to the developments in Ferguson, Missouri.

Chandler spoke about the events on Sunday at the church in Flower Mound, Texas.

“When I look at Ferguson and think of the nonsense that’s going on in Ferguson, even how it’s being handled on all different sides…my heart just grieves.” Chandler said. ” As a white man who does not struggle with white guilt, here’s what I know. My 8 year old son is blonde and has blue eyes…my son never in his life will be followed around a store and wonder what he’s doing.”



an illustration of ‘white privilege,’ the idea that white people, in most cases, have easier paths than most black people.”

Chandler explained that white privilege is not like blatant racism, and folks who live through it may never have a racist bone in their body.

“What is so deceptive about white privilege is that it is different from blatant racism or bias.” Chandler said. A privileged person’s heart may be free from racist thoughts or biased attitudes, but may still fail to see how the very privilege afforded to him or her shapes how he or she interprets and understands the situations and circumstances of people without privilege.”

Chandler pointed out that the biggest issue with white privilege is that most white Americans do not even realize that the privilege is there. He warned that generalizing one’s experiences and thinking that they are congruent with another’s is not the right thing to do.

“The challenge with white privilege is that most white people cannot see it,” Chandler explained. “We assume that the experiences and opportunities afforded to us are the same afforded to others. Sadly, this simply isn’t true.”

Chandler addressed the angst and apprehension that most White people deal with when it comes to confronting white privilege and racism, whether it be acknowledging it or simply dismissing it as just an issue for minorities.

“It has been my experience that there are few things that enrage a large portion of white people like addressing racism and privilege,” Chandler revealed. “We want to move past it, but we are not past it. Clearly, we are not past it. So, let’s press in to it.”


16 responses to “Evangelical pastor tweets about ‘white privilege’ in response to Ferguson, MO events

  1. Eric

    August 21, 2014 at 12:17 am

    I think Chandler should practice what he preaches and offer to resettle all the protestors in his hometown of Flower Mound, Texas.

  2. Will S.

    August 21, 2014 at 12:19 am

    LOL, exactly! 🙂

  3. Bub

    August 21, 2014 at 12:21 am

    This is what passes for deep thoughts with these guys. And he’s wrong. If his son is acting suspicious or dressed in a certain way he will be followed if not asked to leave.

  4. Will S.

    August 21, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Of course!

    The guy’s an idiot, clearly.

  5. Jacob

    August 21, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Chandler’s drawing a sensible conclusion but his attribution is a bit skewed. White privilege is not perpetuated by white people any more, it’s perpetuated by everyone else’s tendency to elevate white people above their station, coupled with white people’s tendency not to protest.

    This is similar to ‘male privilege’ in that women secretly attribute too much capability to men, then blame them for not living up to false expectations. It’s different in that while men know the superiority falsely attributed to their personhood is false, white people generally don’t.

  6. Will S.

    August 21, 2014 at 9:28 am

    True enough, Jacob.

  7. Peter Blood

    August 21, 2014 at 9:47 am

    “White privilege” = “not feeling guilty about non-existent crimes”.

    So the Acts 29 network president is anti-white, and is trying to make whites feel guilty, presumably to manipulate and control them better (it’s easy to do that with guilt-ridden people). Thanks for de-cloaking, Chandler.

  8. Will S.

    August 21, 2014 at 9:54 am


  9. sfcton

    August 21, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Where do I stand in line to get my White privilege?

    There isn’t a damn thing sensible about any conclusions dealing with so called White privilege. Go to Appalachia and tell me how privileged we are for being White. Where’s 1950’s White affirmative action? Where are the reduced standards for White entry into colleges or entry jobs etc etc.

    If blacks want black privilege, then they need to fix their own shit. Stop being so damn criminal, finish some schooling, don’t have 70% of your kids out of wedlock etc etc.

  10. Will S.

    August 21, 2014 at 5:35 pm


  11. Peter Blood

    August 22, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    We know Ferguson police office Darren Wilson is stupid. He should have just raised his Invisible Magical Shield of White Privilege and he would have been safe.

  12. Peter Blood

    August 22, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    I replied to Matt Chandler:

    “Blond hair, blue eyes: he’ll always have a a job in Hollywood playing Nazis. #WhitePrivilege”

  13. Will S.

    August 22, 2014 at 6:55 pm



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