​NBC, USA, Inc. president calls for greater sensitivity in race relations

By Bob Allen, BaptistNews.com |  September 8, 2016


The president of a major African-American denomination who earlier this summer participated in a groundbreaking discussion about improving race relations with leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention said Sept. 8 that non-blacks often lack empathy for the plight facing black America.

“I have a lot of friends who are not African Americans,” Jerry Young, president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., said in a Thursday morning session of the group’s annual gathering this week in Kansas City, Mo. “They are from the broader community.”

“Love them to death,” the pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Jackson, Miss., said of his non-black friends, but they have never had to protest in order to gain the right to enter a building, eat at a lunch counter, sleep in a hotel or “the right to just vote.”

“If you haven’t had to protest to do that, sometimes you can be insensitive to those who had to do it,” Young said. “If you are born already wealthy, and you have all you need, it’s hard to understand a little boy from Mississippi born on the plantation. I just think there needs to be some sensitivity to the plight of the folk who have been the oppressed...”  Read more.