A spokesman for a conservative black organization says the Southern Baptist Convention was trying to do what was good and right when it passed a resolution condemning "alt-right white supremacy" – but he does have some problems with the resolution.
The initial proposal was rejected because – according to the leader of the resolutions committee – it contained inflammatory and broad language "potentially implicating" conservatives who don't support the alt-right movement. Specifically, it repudiated "retrograde ideologies, xenophobic biases and racial bigotries of the 'alt-right' that seek to subvert our government."
Messengers to the SBC's annual gathering in Phoenix, when offered a revised version, voted to "decry every form of racism, including alt-right white supremacy as antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ" and "denounce and repudiate white supremacy and every form of racial and ethnic hatred as a scheme of the devil."
Derryck Green of Project 21 (The National Leadership Network of Black Conservatives) says his problem with the final resolution that was passed was that it called out the racism that's contained in the alt-right, but – in his opinion – minimized or watered down other forms of racism.
"[For example] there is a healthy racism that's in the Black Lives Matter movement which is far more influential and far more superior and has far more monetary support than the alt-right," he points out. "But they didn't explicitly condemn that form of racism.
"They want to condemn a form of white nationalism – but if you look into the context of the Black Lives Matter movement," he continues, "not only are the tenants of Black Lives Matter racist in my opinion, but there are a lot of people who support Black Lives Matter who also support the notion of black nationalism."
The initial resolution that was rejected came from Rev. William McKissic of Arlington, TX, a prominent black Southern Baptist pastor. He told reporters after the revised resolution was approved that he was encouraged by those who brought the issue to a vote and that he sees the denomination "turning the corner."