In the not-so-distant future, much of America will be far more familiar with the state of Georgia than they were previously, all on account of the duo of Senate runoff races set to take place there on January 5th.
Given the way that the rest of the national Senate races shook out back on November 3rd, the two races in the Peach State will determine the balance of the US Senate when it comes back into session for the new year, meaning that the entire political apparatus to which we are tethered will soon be staring down south for weeks on end.
In one of these races, Reverend Raphael Warnock has emerged as a tough Democrat to beat, even in the Republican strongholds of the south, after receiving a major endorsement from former President Barack Obama.
And, make no mistake about it, Warnock has some fairly radical ideals that could see him find support from “The Squad” and beyond.
“It’s not enough to decriminalize marijuana; somebody’s got to open up the jail cells and let our children go,” Warnock said during a “Let My People Go: Ending Mass Incarceration” conference at Ebenezer Baptist Church in June last year.
And that’s not all:
Warnock’s comment also mirrors his remarks in November 2013 when he gave a keynote speech at a “Rights and Religions” symposium held at the Union Theological Institute. Warnock gave a speech, “Black Theology, the Black Church and America’s Prison Industrial Complex.”
Warnock charged during the keynote speech that if “black theology and the black church” will not support “dismantling the prison industrial complex,” then “both deserve to die.”
He then called for creating a “new and militant church, preaching deliverance to the captives.”
Warnock’s controversial remarks mirror other comments, including when he called for America to repent for its worship of “whiteness.”
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