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Southern Baptist Convention wants better relationship with blacks; will address Richard Land controversy


By Robert "Rob" Redding Jr.

Editor & Publisher

ATLANTA, April 16, 2012, 12:20 p.m. - The president of the Southern Baptist Convention today said his organization wants better relations with the black community and he is working on a statement about comments made by a top white official lambasting black men, President Obama and black leaders.

"Certainly we want good to come to this situation," Rev. Bryant Wright told ReddingNewsReview.com.

"Racial reconciliation is a huge priority for southern Baptist Christians and there will be a statement later today or in the morning," Wright said.

Richard Land, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, has refused to apologize after appearing to justify why whites fear blacks.

Land said: black men are “statistically more likely to do you harm than a white man.”

“Is it tragic that people react that way? Yes. Is it unfair? Yes? But it is understandable,” Land said.

Wright would not say if Land would be punished or what would be included in the statement.

"It is being worked on diligently," Wright told ReddingNewsReview.com.

Land made the comments while claiming that President Obama and other black leaders have caused much of the uproar over the Trayvon Martin story.

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Ironically, John Derbyshire, a columnist for the National Review, this month was fired for making the same type of comments.

Derbyshire's was responding to the "the talk" that African American parents have with their children about what to do when stopped by a police officer.

Reuters reported:

"The columnist asserted 'there is a talk that nonblack Americans have with their kids, too' about the differences between themselves and black people.

He said that talk included telling children that about 5 percent of black people were 'ferociously hostile' to whites and that a larger percentage would 'go along passively if the 5 percent take leadership in some event.'

Derbyshire said children were advised to 'avoid concentrations of blacks not all known to you personally,' stay out of heavily black neighborhoods and avoid events likely to attract a lot of black people."

Another National Review contributor, Robert Weissberg, was also fired just last week for advocating "maintaining whiteness" in "Whitopias."

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