Bob Jones University is apologizing for racist policies that included a one-time ban on interracial dating and its unwillingness to admit black students until 1971.
In a statement posted Thursday on its Web site, the fundamentalist Christian school founded in 1927 in northwestern South Carolina says its rules on race were shaped by culture instead of the Bible. […]
“BJU’s history has been chiefly characterized by striving to achieve those goals; but like any human institution, we have failures as well. For almost two centuries American Christianity, including BJU in its early stages, was characterized by the segregationist ethos of American culture. Consequently, for far too long, we allowed institutional policies regarding race to be shaped more directly by that ethos than by the principles and precepts of the Scriptures. We conformed to the culture rather than provide a clear Christian counterpoint to it.
“In so doing, we failed to accurately represent the Lord and to fulfill the commandment to love others as ourselves. For these failures we are profoundly sorry. Though no known antagonism toward minorities or expressions of racism on a personal level have ever been tolerated on our campus, we allowed institutional policies to remain in place that were racially hurtful.”
Utter. Fucking. Bullshit.
There was no “clear Christian counterpoint” to the slavery/segregation culture. Christianity and slavery were bestest buddies:
…[A]s the abolition movement took shape across the globe, groups who advocated slavery’s abolition attempted to harness Christian teachings in support of their positions. However, they were forced to refer to the ‘spirit of Christianity’ rather than quote the Bible. On the other hand, those opposed to abolition and equal rights were able to and did quote numerous Biblical passages that directly supported the practice of Slavery.
- “Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh.” (1 Peter 2:18)
- “Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism.” (Colossians 3:22-25)
So don’t give me that bullshit about “culture made me do it” when your own fucking Bible was happy to condone slavery, and you tell me you’re trying to live by Biblical principles. And you can’t weasel out with that “new covenant” crap because this shit’s in the New fucking Testament.
Then you want to sell me the line of snake oil about how, while you institutionalized racism, it’s okay because you don’t know of any instances of racial antagonism on a personal level? That’s worse, you fuckwits. Individuals can be educated, their dumbfuckery can be put down to personal failings, and the institution can work to prevent ugly, violent acts from recurring. But when you institutionalize segregation, when you officially sanction racism, you’ve just officially made a whole group of people less than human for the color of their skin. Do you think it really matters how nice individuals are to people of color when the institution itself is telling them they’re subhuman? Are you fucking kidding me?
And then, and then, let’s look at the calendar. It’s 2008. The Civil Rights Movement happened in the Sixties. You’re just now getting around to apologizing for your official racism?
I can’t speak for people of color. But I can tell you that, as a human being, this is insulting. It’s nice that BJU wants to make nice, but they could’ve done it without whining that culture made them do it, they could have done it without trumpeting their supposed personal successes while downplaying their institutional failings, and they could have done it a lot fucking sooner.
Apologizing: Ur doin it rong.