Steven Furtick, pastor of Elevation Church, and popular radio host Charlamagne Tha God, whose real name is Lenard McKelvey, returned to their roots in South Carolina for a very important video discussion on race and religion.
"I thought, 'We came from the same town and went to the same school and we never even talked to each other,'" Furtick said of the "Breakfast Club" nationally-syndicated host. "I wondered what would happen if we talked."
The 30-minute interview, titled "Come Out of Corner," shows the two men from the same neighborhood and different backgrounds visiting several locations, including old homes, schools and churches in their hometown, Moncks Corner.
Furtick posted the video on his Twitter account which shows the two focusing on their small town upbringing leading up to the establishment of their successful careers — one in mainstream media and the other as a megachurch leader.
The video opens up with Furtick and Charlamagne during Thanksgiving of last year, leaving Berkeley High School after a turkey giveaway. Their candid conversation commenced as they drove off in a GMC fully stocked with cameras.
"I'm giving out turkeys at the same school I got kicked out of," Charlamagne told Furtick. "It feels like growth. It feels like evolution. It feels like it don't matter how you start. It's how you finish."
Charlamange then took Furtick to his deceased grandmother's home where he reminisced. Then the two ventured to Berkeley Middle School where Furtick recalled being beaten up by black students as a white kid in that school.
"Berkeley Middle School was the worst part of my life," Furtick said. "This is where I learned to be afraid of black people ... and I learned it because my dad taught me that. It's not an intellectual belief. It's an emotional belief."
Furtick admitted the embarrassment that followed him for years because of his father's racist teachings. However, he confessed his heart changed completely when he converted to Christianity.
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