Earlier this year, the leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention attempted to formulate a resolution that condemned the alt-right movement and its advocacy of white supremacy.
Although a resolution was created, it didn’t appease Lawerence Ware, who serves as co-director of the Center for Africana Studies at Oklahoma State University and who has been an ordained minister at the Southern Baptist Convention for nearly a decade.
In a lengthy open letter published in the New York Times, Ware announced that he was renouncing his domination over its hesitancy to condemn white supremacy, as well as what he describes as its members support for President Donald Trump.
“As a black scholar of race and a minister who is committed to social justice, I can no longer be part of an organization that is complicit in the disturbing rise of the so-called alt-right, whose members support the abhorrent policies of Donald Trump and whose troubling racial history and current actions reveal a deep commitment to white supremacy,” he writes.
Among other things, Ware notes that many Southern Baptist churches remained publicly “silent” about Trump policies, while at the same time showing hostility to racial justice movements such as Black Lives Matter. Ware also says that a plethora of Evangelical Christians, including many Southern Baptists, have told pollsters they approve of Trump’s job as president.
Read the rest of Lawrence Ware’s open letter here.