Georgia’s U.S. Senate candidate, Raphael Warnock, whose previous sermons were the source of intense scrutiny of the state’s fierce escape campaign, stated, “The Existing State of Racism in America” in a 2017 sermon that reappeared on social media this week.
Warnock made his remarks during a sermon on June 29, 2017, at the New Baptist Association event. In his speech, The Almighty Care Act, Warnock argued that systemic racism is a “disease” that affects political discourse.
“America is suffering from a deep, spiritual problem, and what we see is just a symptom of our illness. You ask yourself, how in the world did we get here? Because it’s bigger than the usual partisan disputes that take place, ”Warnock said at the time.
“We are in a special moment. We are in an evil moment. We are in a tragic moment and I suggest to you that our policy is a symptom of our illness. We have many problems, but I would not be a prophet if I did not say that racism is an existing state of America.
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“Like insurance companies, no one wants to go there. No one wants to cover it because we wonder what it would cost, ”he added. “We, the country of the free and the captivity capital of the world. On this earth, where we store 25% of the world’s prisoners, even though we represent only 5% of the world, we need to ask ourselves how much it has cost us not to cover it, not to face it, not to face it. , deal with it? Racism is the existing state of America. “
Warnock’s 2017 sermon was told during an intense political debate about the future of the Affordable Care Act. The Trump government and leading Republicans have called for the repeal of a health policy known as “ObamaCare”. However, the effort collapsed in July 2017 after the late Senator, Arizona Republican John McCain, joined the Democrats voting against the withdrawal.
The Warnock campaign did not respond immediately to further comments on the video.
Warnock, 51, is a prominent civil rights activist and chief pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Reverend and Republican challenger Senator Kelly Loeffler continued after the election after none of the candidates won at least 50 percent of the vote in the general election.
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Loeffler and Republican allies sought to paint Warnock a candidate who would support a radical agenda if elected to office. Warnock’s earlier sermons were thoroughly investigated before the January 5 election vote.
Earlier this month, Loeffler apologized to Warnock after re-recorded footage of a 2011 sermon showed that he said America could not “serve God and the military” at the same time. On Nov. 14, Loeffler shared a October 2016 clip from a sermon in which Warnock said “America must repent for the worship of whiteness,” after President Trump won an election victory over Hillary Clinton.
Warnock and his representatives have argued that remarks from previous sermons have been taken out of context and are trying to divert public attention from the critical issues raised by his campaign.
Warnock described Loeffler’s attacks as “smeared ads” in a new campaign ad on Tuesday.
“We told them the smear ads were coming, and that’s exactly what happened,” Warnock says in the ad. “You might think Kelly Loeffler has something good to say about yourself if you really want to represent Georgia.” Instead, he tried to scare people by taking the things I said out of context for more than 25 years when I worked as a pastor. But I think Georgians will see their ads.