Why White Evangelicalism is so Cruel

“White Evangelical Christians opposed desegregation tooth and nail. Where pressed, they made cheap, cosmetic compromises, like Billy Graham’s concession to allow black worshipers at his crusades. Graham never made any difficult statements on race, never appeared on stage with his “black friend” Martin Luther King after 1957, and he never marched with King. When King delivered his ‘I Have a Dream Speech,’ Graham responded with this passive-aggressive gem of Southern theology, ‘Only when Christ comes again will the little white children of Alabama walk hand in hand with little black children.’ For white Southern evangelicals, justice and compassion belong only to the dead.”