Atlanta Church Rejects Kanye West’s Donation Due to His Pro-Trump Comments, Redirects Money to a College
An Atlanta church has decided to send the money Kanye West donated to them elsewhere after the rapper made some pro-Donald Trump remarks at a Sunday Service event in Salt Lake City, Utah on Oct. 5.
In a social media video he uploaded some time last week, Atlanta’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Jamal Bryant explained that Kanye gave a large donation to his ministry after his performance there back in September. In his subsequent video, Bryant issued a statement saying that he's redirecting Kanye’s contribution to Morris Brown College because of Ye’s support of Trump.
“To say that you unashamedly support Donald Trump...he called the mother continent of Africa a collection of s-hole nations. Smacking the entire diaspora in the year of the anniversary of the year of the return," Bryant said. "I don’t align with the statements of Kanye West. I don’t endorse it, nor do I subscribe to it. And I am not a runaway slave. To that end, Mr. West made a significant donation to New Birth Cathedral. But I do not want to be guilty of double speech. I met with my team today and the donation that he made to our church, I am now redirecting. I’m going to be giving that donation he gave to Morris Brown College.”
On Oct. 13, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution confirmed Bryant's plans. Morris Brown is the HBCU that Kanye’s mom, the late Dr. Donda West, taught at as a professor. Bryant felt this was the best way to honor her legacy at the school.
“I know what Donda West represented while at Morris Brown and her mind for African American literature was to empower, equip and engage students to be something radical that could change community and change society,” Bryant told AJC.
You can watch Pastor Jamal Bryant explain why he redirected Kanye West's donation to Morris Brown College below. Fast forward to the 11-minute mark.
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