HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- Pastor T.C. Johnson preaches at St. Luke Christian Church in Huntsville. He is active in the Huntsville Urban Network and the North Huntsville Community United for Action group and is an advocate for minority rights. This week he stopped in to WHNT News 19 to talk about race relations both nationally and locally.
Pastor Johnson claims that “Race relations, nationally became on the radar, with the election of President Barack Obama. I had not seen this kind of divisiveness in the country. It was after the election that I began to notice a spike in racial divisiveness. So I think some of it can be attributed to the rhetoric and tone at a national level, using people at lower level to just gain votes and causing the country a great divide, and that’s unfortunate.”
Some would point to the first black president as a sign of enormous steps forward. Pastor Johnson sees the progress and states that, “I’m not saying that we haven’t progressed as it relates to our racial interaction, that’s all true. The problem is how we must still look at the problem. The problem is not always because of someone at the White House. When we get to the lower streets and things are fair there, because I think politics takes us out of this idea of race, and money takes us out of this idea of race, but the majority of our people are not at that level.”
Watch the four-part interview here: