Richard Land Apologizes Again for Trayvon Martin Comments After Meeting Black Southern Baptists

Adelle M. Banks, Huffington Post, May 11, 2012

(RNS) Southern Baptist leader Richard Land has issued a lengthy public apology for his racially charged comments about the Trayvon Martin case, and said he has sent a personal letter to President Obama seeking forgiveness.

Land, who leads the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, issued the two-page apology Wednesday (May 9), a week after a five-hour meeting with African-American leaders and other Southern Baptist officials.

Because of that meeting, “I have come to understand in sharper relief how damaging my words were,” he wrote in the statement released through his denomination’s news service.

Land had previously apologized for his comments, which charged Democrats and civil rights leaders with exploiting the killing of the unarmed Florida teen. {snip}

The latest apology included references to his “insensitivity” towards Martin’s family, and a clarification that “racial profiling is a heinous injustice” and that he does not believe U.S. racism is a myth.

Land also confessed that he “impugned the motives” of President Obama and civil rights leaders Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

“It was unchristian and unwise for me to have done so,” he wrote, adding that he sent them letters of apology asking for forgiveness. {snip}


Ed Stetzer, a researcher for the Southern Baptist Convention who criticized Land’s comments, said he was grateful that black Southern Baptist leaders confronted Land, and wished more white leaders had spoken up.

“I am very glad that Dr. Land listened to them and apologized,” Stetzer wrote Wednesday on his blog.

[Editor’s Note: This article does not include the original comments by Land, which follow:

Land, on his “Richard Land Live!” radio show March 31, said, in part, that black leaders such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson should not have been so quick to jump into the Trayvon Martin case in which the 17-year-old African American was shot and killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, a Hispanic, in Florida in February.

“The rule of law is being assaulted by racial demagogues,” Land said, “and it’s disgusting, and it should stop.”


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  • Church_of_Jed

    Rev. Jed DeValleyism, “Suffering for the sake of Whiteness,” 2012:

    They told me I must apologize for not donating money to the youth’s ‘outreach mission trip and civil rights pilgrimage’ to Selma. They told me I must atone for the sins of segregation by attending the Martin Luther King Day prayer vigil. They told me that my shamefully racist unearned White privilege was the reason that vibrant and enriching Diversity doesn’t feel welcome in my church.

    I told them that my church was open anytime for the Diversity, the Selma pilgrims, and the MLK tolerance team to join us at the next memorial service for Channon Christian, Eve Carson, Anne Pressley, Carissa Horton, Nancy Strait, Kristen Warneke, Pam Gentry, Emily Haddock, Lauren Burke, Julie Love, Eugenia Calle, Brittny Watts, Beverly Melton, Sandra Rogers, Heather Mueller, Laura Dickinson, Ashley King, Sharlotte McGill, and Shannon Collins

    Then they told me I was an ignorant bigot and said I’d be hearing from Heidi Beirich and Catherine Meeks.

  • Oil Can Harry

    So this marshmallow apologized because he “impugned the motives” of Obama, Sharpton and Jesse Jerkson while calling them “racial demogogues”?

    That’s like apologizing for saying water is wet.

  • I hope he is on the waiting list for a spine transplant, because the one he has surely won’t be able to support his conscience much longer

  • radical7

    The apology is long overdue.

    •  Just like the copy of Das Kapital you took out of the library a long time ago.  Better hurry up and return it — Keith Olbermann is really anxious to read it!

    • The__Bobster

      So is your departure, Jamal.

  •  Wait until he finds out that Che Guevara was anti-black.  His “brain” might blue screen.

    • ConradDobler

      Just another sp*c trying to get “honorary white” status…just like “JORGE” Zimmerman….

  • “Southern Baptist leader Richard Land has issued a lengthy public apology for his racially charged comments about the Trayvon Martin case, and said he has sent a personal letter to President Obama seeking forgiveness.”

    This would be hilarious if it was not so damn pitiable! I guess Obama really is the magic negro…..

  • Sheila Dinehart

    Gosh…I liked it much better when Jimmy Swaggart boohooed on stage and begged forgiveness for screwing a prostute, he was such a better role model for *christians* doncha think?  It is so much like a hypocrite to apologize for telling the truth…what a fun story.

  • Sheila Dinehart

    Though I must say in all honesty that in my personal opinion Zimmerman should have been held for involuntary manslaughter in the beginning and certainly tried for it.  He could have copped a plea and got off with a year maybe.

    As for the rest, Sharpton and the Black Panthers were making a political thing out of it and simply  using the poor boy’s parents and the situation to further their *racialist* (can I call that racialist instead of racist here?) agenda.  I think the prosecution was ticked off because of political pressure to arrest and charge Z after the fact, and may have over-charged him with  2nd degree murder, and now there is a possibility the judge can reasonably  rule that there is not enough evidence to try him for that kind of charge…things might get pretty nasty for sure now.

    • 1gravity

       The evidence seems overwhelming that Martin was smashing Mr. Zimmerman’s head against some concrete when Mr. Zimmerman fired.  Recall that inflicting head injury on people no longer able to resist is part of the black gangsta culture, to which Martin subscribed.  There have been calls for Mr. Zimmerman to be convicted of something,  just to appease the black community; unfortunately Ms. Dinehart seems to agree with that.  I say that George Zimmerman was a credit to his community; let us remember those who would now martyr him.

      • ConradDobler

        I guess Martin ‘reached thru the car window’ and smashed Jorge’s head against the soft seats? Or perhaps a 17 yo boy was fighting off an attempted child kidnapping by some strange freak like Zimmerman…imagine if Elizabeth Smart had fought off her ADULT MALE STRANGER/ATTACKER????…..

      • Sheila Dinehart

        I don’t believe that Z or anyone else should be “convicted of something just to appease the black (or any other group) community”, I am sorry to give that impression. If Z had remained in his vehicle along with his gun as he was instructed by the local police no crime would have been committed in the first place. 

        Martin had a right to be there, walking on the sidewalk.  It has been reported that he was shot and killed about 70 yards from the house where his father was waiting for him to return from the store.  He was doing nothing my son hasn’t done hundreds of times.

        Zimmerman was fearful and paranoid and armed as he  approached the kid, a conflict ensued, Zimmerman shot an unarmed teen.  I doubt he intended to kill him, he was frightened and instead of losing a fist fight and sucking it up, he shot and killed the kid instead. 

        Yes, he should be held accountable for the death of that kid, but that won’t bring a dead boy back.  So often I am stunned by the cruelty of the lack of compassion by so many people.  Do you suppose there will be an outpouring of compassion to the innocent targeted whites from the Black Panthers, and the mob of people waiting to riot regarding this incident?  No kind of verdict will *appease*…imagine the actions of this foolish man and what it is going to lead to because of his fear and paranoia,  the sheer recklessness  of his actions.  The harm that has already happened around the country because of it.


  • White women,you might as well go out and find yourselves a good black man right now. Or a  CALCULUS-LOVING chinese,Or even a hard-working mexican,because the white man is a big fat  pussy.(At least judging by EVeRY SINGLE WHITE MAN IN PUBLIC LIFE!!!!!!!!!!)And HE is worthless. best to let thiS  starin die out. The world will be a dumber place,but so what? It’ll be spared the sight of the crawling,weeping,soft and sweet white man!!

  • radical7

    Bobster wrote:”So is your departure, Jamal.”

    So creative aren”t you “Bobby boy?!” Truth hurts doesn’t it?

  • ConradDobler

    No need to apologize for Martin “insensitivity” or jokes…those offended should just start shooting 17 yo unarmed white boys and ‘watch em’ take notice then…anyway “JORGE” Zimmerman isn’t white- even the Aryan Brotherhood said that and everybody knows how “pure” those white boys are….

  •  Jared Taylor said it best:  “white male” and “white female” are lab mice and rats.  White adult humans are either white men or white women.

  • V

    This country is so Orwellian it’s UNREAL.

  • I am told that Richard Land used part of his radio show this weekend to have a guest on to talk about the historical antics of the Frankfurt School.  (BTW, the Council of Conservative Citizens is singularly responsible for making the Frankfurt School and its treachery a household name.)  

    Land should look in the mirror — He prostrated himself to the tactics of FS-style talking heads and cultural commissars with this apology.

    We need less Richard Land and more Rev. Jed DeValleyism.

  • bluffcreek1967

    Nothing that Richard Land stated in his original comments was false, insensitive or un-Christian. He was making an observation about the way the Trayvon Martin shooting had been handled by the race-baiters. Unfortunately, some naive and soft-minded Black Baptist leaders got a hold of him and stated to make him feel guilt-ridden for what he expressed. Land should have politely refused and continued speaking his mind rather than allow those religious pharisees to manipulate him.  

  • Sheila Dinehart

    It just makes it all sadder to think the kid wanted to be an astronaut…I wonder what dreams the dead have.

  • Sheila Dinehart

    Why is the dead boy a thug?  I am so glad I don’t have what ever it is that would cause me to truely comprehend what you are really saying.

  • I’m Southern Baptist and I am so ashamed of what the Baptists have become.  I cannot attend most Baptist churches anymore because the pastors have become so liberal.  Several actively support interracial marriage.  Many more tacitly accept it.  None will speak out against it.  And, of course, the vast majority of Baptist preachers are pro-war, zionist neocons.  Their focus has become Israel rather than Christ.  I have to ask, “how many Southern Baptist pastors are actually saved?”  I’m afraid that the answer is “not many”.

  • Christopher_Nelson

    John 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

    Richard should read that verse over and over again. Political correctness has no place in christianity.

    Psalm 27:1 “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

  • Chris, you make a powerful point.  Richard Land, though, has not only hidden from the truth, he has embraced the lie to protect his position.  You are right when you characterize Land as a modern-day Judas.  But unlike Judas, he will take his 30 pieces of silver and buy himself some new shiny toys.