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To Our Black Readers: Kyle Howard and the Florida-Georgia Line

Dear Black Readers,

Until recently the worst thing I could think of when I considered the border between my state of residence and the Sunshine State to the south was the deplorable “bro country” music group Florida Georgia Line. Now it’s Kyle J. Howard. Evangelical Twitter’s resident race-baiting “racial trauma counselor” recently made the wild claim that he and his family were subject to race-based vandalism when they stopped to eat a Florida IHOP on their way back to Georgia. That’s what’s up.

I don’t believe him for a second but Howard didn’t miss a beat when it came to asking those who do for money to support him in his online career of tweeting about “racial trauma counseling” endeavors.

I put “racial trauma counseling” in quotes because it’s not a real type of counseling; Kyle Howard basically made it up, I suspect like every part of his Christian testimony. It’s almost as if Howard has to fabricate instances of “racial trauma” to make his schtick viable. For example, Howard (whose wife bakes cakes for a living) recently blamed “racial trauma” for his weight gain. It’s sickening really, even more so than what Flordia Georgia Line thinks passes for music.

I’m asking for your help. If you are a Pulpit & Pen reader who is black*, I’d like you to help us debunk Kyle J. Howard’s fantastic story. Crusie on over to the Florida-Georgia line and go eat at one of the nearby IHOPs. I’ve narrowed down where I think he could have eaten to the locations below:

You will almost certainly not be met with race-based hostility. When you aren’t, contact me at [email protected] and tell me about your experience. If, while you are at IHOP, you share the gospel of Jesus Christ with someone there, I’ll reimburse you for your meal.**

Brothers and Sisters, there are men out there like Kyle Howard who are trying to divide us based on skin color and profit from it along the way. Let’s handle this offense with the gospel. Instead of complaining about racial differences let’s come to together as the body of Christ and tell everyone that one man shed his blood to pay for the sins of people from every nation. Satan wants to divide us. Let’s not let that happen.

Have a good trip. I look forward to hearing from you.

Your Brother,


*Kyle Howard is half black and his wife is Asian.

**First 10 respondents only, check limit $50

***Please note that the preceding is my personal opinion. It is not necessarily the opinion of any entity by which I am employed, any church at which I am a member, any church which I attend, or the educational institution at which I am enrolled. Any copyrighted material displayed or referenced is done under the doctrine of fair use.

Seth Dunn

Masters of Divinity in Christian Apologetics, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Member of the Evangelical Theological Society Certified Public Accountant