Richard Land Apologizes for “Racist Diatribe” Against Trayvon Martin, Black Leaders

Richard Land Apologizes for "Racist Diatribe" Against Trayvon Martin, Black Leaders

Richard Land, the president of the Ethics and Religions Liberty Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, has apologized for comments he made about President Obama and black leaders.

USA Today:  “I obviously overestimated the extent of progress that has been made in slaying the racial dragon of our past. I should have remembered that whenever we have a discussion about race, the ghosts of our ancestors are in the room with us. And I underestimated the need to be extremely careful in how you address any controversial issue that involves race as a factor.

I am grieved that anyone would feel my comments have retarded in any way the Southern Baptists’ march toward racial reconciliation, which I have been committed to for the entirety of my ministry, since 1962.

I certainly apologize to anyone who was hurt or offended by my remarks.”

Richard Land previously said President Obama “poured gasoline on the racialist fires” when he commented on the Trayvon Martin case. He also  referred to Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson as a “mob” of “racial ambulance” chasers. He also said black men are “statistically more likely to do you harm than a white man.” He has yet to apologize for that comment. 

What I don’t understand is how stupid people like Richard Land must think black Americans are. Um, on one hand you claim to be for inclusion and on the other hand you are fanning the flames of racial strife. Surely Mr. Land must realize he can’t have it both ways. If you are for inclusion, that means you can’t keep thrashing blacks and vice versa. Now he said his organization wants better relations with the black community. It’s really quite simply,  then don’t spew racist venom. The right wing evangelicals want to be free to dish it and want to force their views down the throats of everyone else.

Richard Land also issued an open letter of apology for his comments.

  • I used 2 b 1 of them

    Well Yeah he apologized…..he was called out royally for his plagiarism!!!!! He had to do something to divert attention. It just seems rather suspicious that the exact day he gets caught, he decides to also apologize. But it’s not my job to judge His heart I’ll leave that to the Almighty.

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  • Janet

    1) The US Justice Department published the per capita homicide ratios between White and Black – which seem to affirm Land’s arguments.  

    2) A preacher from Howard University – a Black man – said “a person who looks like Trayvon Martin is 14 times more likely to kill Trayvon Martin than a person who looks like George Zimmerman” – is he a racist?

    3) Sharpton and Jackson have about 9,000 Black homicides to choose from each year – year over year yet there is something that attracts them to these type of cases.  You say “INJUSTICE”?    Where should we put the “Cold Case Murder Cases” that are represented on the other side of the “60% Homicide Clearance Rates” for many big cities?  The 40% who’s killers still walk the street, the community not snitching in many of them?

    It seems that while they claim that the GOVERNMENT creates INJUSTICE per their failure to prosecute I wonder if they are able to enumerate any responsibility that the community has for failing to cooperate with the police or, worse yet the behavior that provoked a George Zimmerman type character to note that Trayvon had some of the same characteristics of the other people who were breaking into homes?  OR do you not watch the metro Atlanta news – from Alpharetta?

    • Constructive Feedback — So, I am guessing you have no issue with what Richard Land said, right? I have always been pretty vocal about the problems in the black community, many of which I feel are self-inflicted, but you can’t spew racist venom and then apologize when you are called out. Which is it?