Professor Toby Jennings of Grand Canyon University has been suspended by school officials because of his inflammatory remarks about Black Lives Matter activists.
Jennings remarks were made in September 2016, but they went unnoticed until recently.
The controversial remarks made by the black professor came to light after the university posted a link to a ministry forum from 2016 in which he said that some members in the Black Lives Matter group “should be hung.”
During the forum, Jennings was videotaped as he spoke to the forum. The video clip that resulted in his suspension shows him saying, “They [some BLM members] are saying things that are not helpful in any shape or form or human dignity or flourishing.”
His comments didn’t go totally unnoticed in 2016. While at the forum, Professor Jennings was advised that his comments were offensive and hurtful. However, top school officials were not notified about his remarks.
The video of the forum, which was called, “God’s concern for the poor: What’s missing in social justice,” recently made the rounds on social media. That’s when members of the Black Lives Matter movement demanded action be taken.
The school reacted immediately by placing Jennings on suspension for the fall semester 2017. In addition, the professor publicly apologized, but members of Black Lives Matter were not impressed.
“My heart is broken, not because GCU is our enemy, but they claim to be our brothers and sisters,” said Pastor Warren Stewart, Jr. “Brothers and sisters please stop avoiding talking about ways racism … makes us uncomfortable.” The pastor made his comments to a local Fox News reporter.
Brian Mueller, president of Grand Canyon University, believes the negative reaction and cries of racism are misplaced. “It was terribly wrong, but it is an isolated incident and it does not represent who our faculty is and it does not represent who are students are,” he said.
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