"Well, I mean it's obvious that the disproportionate number of black people that are being treated unfairly, and not cared for, because they live in poor communities — the response has been just unfortunate," he said. "We see … Joel Osteen not opening up his church doors for people. That's not very good for Christians. It's not very good for how we respond to people who are persons of color, as white Christians who are white allies or claim to be white allies. I think we have to speak up and speak out about these issues and name them for what they are."
"Harvey came, but it didn't take us out," Osteen said, after congregants listened to a live band accompanied by a light show, while many of the attendees stood and waved their arms. "We are going to come out of this stronger than before."