Did the Christian rapper Lecrae just plagiarize one of my blog posts? (UPDATED)

I agree with everything Lecrae wrote in the following tweet. That is because I said nearly the exact same thing on this blog last week.

Don’t get me wrong, I am glad the popular Christian rapper is getting the message out, I just wish he had done it in his own words.

This morning I checked my Instagram and a friend had put Lecrae’s tweet on his story. I knew immediately that Lecrae was borrowing heavily from a paragraph in one of my recent blog posts. It was a post I did on Joe Biden last week. You get an eerie feeling when you see someone taking credit for your words.

Here is what I wrote in the original post:

If Christians really want to reduce the number of abortions, they will elect a president who wants to fund health care for women, deal with the systemic racism that keeps many black women in poverty, raise the minimum wage, and address the income gap between White people and people of color.

If Lecrae was in one of my classes I would be inviting him into my office to talk about proper citations, the meaning of plagiarism, and why it is unethical to take someone else’s words or ideas and claim them as your own. I would ask him to rewrite his paper.

What do you think? I realize that I am not the only person making this kind of argument about abortion, but the words Lecrae used here, and the timing, are a little too close for comfort.

Lecrae’s tweet struck me for two reasons:

  1. I just got done lecturing one of my classes about plagiarism and proper citations and I just finished–minutes ago– reading 30 student papers to make sure they cited their sources correctly.
  2. Last week I spoke to a group of graduate students about blogging and one of them asked me how I “protect” my posts from others who want to use my words as their own. I said that I am not sure there is any way of doing this in the world of blogging. I also said that I was unaware of anyone who took my ideas and claimed them as their own.

UPDATE (9:30pm):

I had a very nice exchange of messages with Lecrae. What we talked about will remain private, but it is clear that as a Christian artist he is the real deal: