Kirk Franklin will not be silenced!
For the second time, TBN has cut Franklin’s speech advocating for racial justice and reconciliation during his GMA Dove Awards acceptance speech for Gospel Artist of the Year.
When he approached representatives from the organizations about the situation, he said he was not provided a satisfactory response.
Well, Kirk is not having it. In a video posted on his Instagram account, he has announced his decision to boycott TBN and the Dove Awards.
“I am aware that the word boycott often has a negative connotation and finality to it, but my goal will forever be reconciliation as well as accountability. It is important for those in charge to be informed. Not only did they edit my speech, they edited the African American experience,” Franklin shared.
“I’m not asking those in the Gospel community to follow my decision. No. This is my personal choice to take a stand and hold responsible those in positions of power to acknowledge the issues in our separate communities that have existed from colonialism to Jim Crow …. I pray there will be a significant change from this hurtful experience. I look with anticipation for that day of healing and I’m committed to contributing to that process. In the end we will not remember the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends,” he added.