October 17, 2018
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Priscilla Shirer is mostly known for her gospel roots (her Dad is Dallas megachurch Pastor Tony Evans), but many recognize her from the critically-acclaimed 2015 film War Room.
And while many hold the multi-hyphenate (she’s also a speaker and author) pretty high in the gospel world, the 43-year-old recently made some bold statements about her blackness. While at Lifepointe Church in North Carolina, Shirer emphatically stated she doesn’t describe herself as black.
“I do not describe myself as a black woman — because that gives too much power to my blackness. I don’t want ‘black,’ my race, to be the describing adjective, the defining adjective, as a woman. I am not a black woman, I’m a Christian woman who happens to be black!”
She continues to explain why race and gender shouldn’t define who you are.
“You may be a black woman, a black man, a white woman, a white man, but that should not define you. So that if your race or if your political group is going in a different direction than the word of God, you don’t choose your blackness or your whiteness or whatever culture you are,” she warns. “You do not choose that, or your political persuasion, over what God’s word declares to be true.”
You’d think an influential African-American woman living in these United States, seeing the injustice black people face every day would jump at the chance to be proud of her blackness and the power that comes from it. But maybe not.
TELL US: Do you agree with Priscilla Shirer’s statements?