By Peyton Majors
Christian Action League
October 28, 2022
A North Carolina pastor and activist has gained nationwide attention for a viral speech to the Wake County School Board in which he quotes Scripture, blasts the district’s diversity office, and tells board members that they’re failing black students.
“In the Jim Crow era, black students were locked out of the public school system. But today they are trapped in,” pastor John Amanchukwu told the Wake County School Board in October. Amanchukwu is African American.
The three-minute viral speech led to coverage in the Raleigh News and Observer, Fox News, Church Leaders and other major outlets.
Amanchukwu ministers at Upper Room Church of God in Christ in Raleigh and is the author of the new book Eraced: Uncovering the Lies of Critical Race Theory and Abortion.
“Luke chapter 17:2 says, ‘It is better for a person to have a millstone tied around their neck and to be thrown into the sea, than for anyone to harm or damage a child,’” he told the Wake County School Board.
He then urged the board members to consider if they are harming the lives of children with their board-approved policies and curriculum.
“Only you know whether or not a millstone is tied around your neck,” he said. “The reality is this God is going to judge every last one of you for decisions that are made on behalf of children.”
Amanchukwu blasted the district’s Office of Equity Affairs, which has cost the school district nearly $9 million since it was launched during the 2014-15 school year, according to the North State Journal. For 2021-22, the budget is $1.3 million. The office has five staff members.
“This past year we spent $1 million on a diversity office. And how did that benefit black children?” Amanchukwu asked. “How did it benefit children in general?
“Well, 78 percent of third through eighth grade black students are not proficient in math in Wake County,” he said, citing data from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. “We’re wasting taxpayer dollars putting money towards this diversity office that’s not benefiting those who need it the most. [And] 66 percent of third through eighth grade [black] students are not proficient in reading. … They’re not performing mathematically and they’re not going to be able to get jobs in the fields like STEM. But we’re wasting money on a diversity, equity and inclusion office while we are failing black students in the name of diversity.”
Black students, he charged, are stuck in a failing school system.
“You know, in the Jim Crow era, black students were locked out of the public school system. But today they are trapped in. And many of these students need options. They need school choice,” he said. “They need the opportunity to take their taxpayer dollars and take it to school systems that will benefit them and support them and educate them. And as we talk about inclusion and making sure that the trans student feels comfortable and the queer student feels comfortable, what does that have to do with reading, writing and arithmetic? As we are teaching cultural Marxism and grooming children to be the next pervert, we are damaging our kids in this public school system and it needs to stop.”
Dr. Mark H. Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League of North Carolina, applauded Amanchukwu for taking a stand.
Watch Pastor Amanchukwu’s three-minute speech before the Wake County School Board.
“John is a good friend. I saw him in the parking lot of my favorite restaurant in Raleigh on Monday evening and expressed my gratitude for his book and principled stand,” Creech said. “If this country had a John Amanchukwu in one church of every county of every state, this nation could be turned around. I share his sentiment. I am not only profoundly disappointed at pastors who are determined not to engage the culture but I am also disgusted by them. Moreover, though many of them are my brethren in Christ, I believe the Lord is disgusted with them, too.”
Too many pastors today are not operating as “salt” in the culture, Creech said.
“Rather than hold back corruption and preserve what is righteous, they reflect or embrace the evils of our day — sometimes defend them,” Creech said. “Practically they are suitable for nothing but to trodden under the feet of men. They are not warriors or Christian soldiers but wimps. Approval, acceptance, prestige and prominence are what they love, not building the kingdom of God — not bringing all of life into compliance with Christ’s lordship. Very few of them have ever actually carried a cross during their entire ministerial career. If they ever had a cross laid on their backs, they would probably say such is never the will of God.
“This is why our nation is going down the toilet,” Creech added. “Blame it on the leftists if you will, but it’s more appropriate to lay it at the doorstep of the church parsonage.”
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