News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

Biden Thumb.PNG
Biden Thumb.PNG
World News

Black church leaders slam Trump's latest political ad as 'overtly racist', demand apology

Leaders of the African Methodist Episcopal Church have condemned the Trump campaign for running an ad that uses footage of presidential hopeful Joe Biden kneeling in the sanctuary of a Black church after attempting to tie him to violent protesters. 

Rev Silvester S Beaman, the pastor of Bethel AME Church who is featured in the video, told Religion News Service (RNS) that the ad is "overtly racist and offensive on numerous levels" and portrays Black church leaders and their congregations as “thuggish rule breakers".

Following a montage of images depicting the violent protests that have taken place in recent weeks across America, the ad in question features a final image of Biden kneeling with the pastor and member of his church - Vice President Mike Pence's voice can then be heard declaring over the footage: "You won't be safe in Joe Biden's America." 

A final text message flashes across the screen, warning: “Stop Joe Biden and his rioters”.

Leaders of the AME denomination have also denounced the ad, saying that it "subtly incites white terrorism against people of color and attacks the Black Church and Black people for refusing to bow down to the idol called white supremacy".

Beaman added that it is a "racist attack on the African American church" and should be "offensive to every Christian and person of faith".

In response, a Trump campaign spokesperson told US political outlet The Hill that the allegations of racism were "absurd" and "shameful". 


Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of £8 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the UK is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of £8 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Set up a monthly gift

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.