Don Lemon interviews Pastor John Gray of The Relentless Church in Greenville, SC and could not understand why he would agree to meet with President Trump. Gray was just one of many black ministers who visited the White House this week for a meeting about faith and justice reform.
Lemon made a reference to slaveowners letting black slaves congregate to learn about the Bible and religion because that “keeps people in chains.” However, slaves were not taught to read because owners did not want them to “leave the plantation.”
The pastor repeatedly said the visit was about listening.
“I can only speak for me,” Gray said of the black religious community. “With everything that I could have lost and could still lose I believe that my voice was necessary because I was there for people who could not fight for themselves. That was my intention in my heart.”
“All I’m saying is turn the other cheek, fine, but sometimes if you keep turning the other cheek all you do is get bruises more and at some point, you have to say enough is enough,” Lemon said as he wrapped up the segment.
Lemon’s slave comparison:
DON LEMON, CNN: There is a reason that people would teach you about the Bible, would let you congregate on the plantation but would not let you read… they believe that religion keeps people in chains and that fighting back and saying I’m not going to deal with this, turning the other cheek, because they don’t want you to leave the plantation. What do you say to that? … What I’m saying is people keep overlooking so much, overlooking when it comes to women, overlooking what he says about gays, overlooking what he says about Muslims, overlooking what it says just about everything… there so much overlooking. People of faith, evangelicals, all of these things, affairs, adultery, all of those things, because of what? At what cost? At what price? …read more