Author and Apologist Josh McDowell, perhaps best known for his book Evidence that Demands a Verdict, has come under fire for remarks he made at the American Association of Christian Counselors conference in Orlando, FL on Saturday. Speaking on the “Six Epidemics of the Church,” listing Critical Race theory as one, he then went on to say the following:
Everybody says blacks, whites, everybody has equal opportunity to make it in America. No they don’t, folks. I do not believe Blacks, African-Americans, and many other minorities have equal opportunity. Why? Most of them grew up in families where there is not a great emphasis on education, security – ‘you can do anything you want. You can change the world. If you work hard, you will make it!’
So many African-Americans don’t have those privileges like I was brought up with. My folks weren’t very rich, in fact, they were a poor farming family. But the way I was raised, I had advantages in life ingrained into me. ‘You can do it! Get your education! Get a job! Change the world!’
And that makes it different opportunities.
In response to the controversy, McDowell, who has been critical of CRT and social justice, responded by explaining that “my statement as quoted does not reflect my own beliefs” and apologized for “the implications they had.” He also offered a mea culpa for suggesting that “most minorities grew up in families where there is not a big emphasis on education and security” saying that his generalized statement “does not reflect reality.”
Despite his apology, the Twitteratti with their pitchforks are out in full force, decrying him as a racist and a man darkened by bigotry and hatred for black folk, telling him he needs to be re-educated with woke books.
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