Rev. Joseph Lowery, the reverend who delivered the benediction at President Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration said last weekend that he believes all white people are going to hell, according to a Georgia newspaper.
According to the Monroe County Reporter, Lowery, who co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., said during a rally at St. James Baptist Church in Forsyth, Ga. that he has arrived back at the same view he held as a "young militant".
Lowery said that when he was a young militant, he used to say that all white folks were going to hell. Then he says he mellowed out and just said that some of them were going to hell, not all. Now, the newspaper reports that he said he is back to where he was.
The Monroe County Reporter paraphrased the reverend's comments and failed to provide a direct quote relating to the remarks.
Lowery, 91, was speaking at the church to encourage others to vote for President Obama. Stating that Obama lost Georgia by 200,000 votes in 2008, with 390,000 black people not voting. The Reporter says that Lowery said that he could not imagine why any black person wouldn't support him for re-election. He was quoted as saying:
“I don’t know what kind of a n—er wouldn’t vote with a black man running. All that he did with the stimulus was genius. Nobody intelligent would risk this country with Romney.”