Coming at a time when former President Donald Trump is being ridiculed by his party for hosting a dinner with Ye West, along with the guests West brought including Christian Nationalist Nicholas J. Fuentes; Raphael Warnock’s former church invited Leonard Jeffries as a speaker on multiple occasions.
Warnock served as a youth pastor for six years, then assistant pastor for four years to Rev. Calvin O. Butts at Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City. During that time, from 1991 to 1998, Butts’ Abyssinian church hosted Leonard Jeffries, the uncle of Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, who is poised to succeed Nancy Pelosi as the next Democratic leader in the House.
Leonard Jeffries, a Black supremacist and former Black studies department chair at City University of New York (CUNY), publicly stated views include theories that Jewish people were responsible for as well as facilitated the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Jeffries, the welcomed guest of Warnock’s church, also is a Black supremacist, stating that he believed that Black people are inherently superior to White people due to their pigmentation.
Leonard Jeffries would go on to be removed from his position as Black studies department chair at City University of New York (CUNY) following years of complaints of anti-Semitic remarks.