WHEATON COLLEGE, the Christian College of the Great BILLY GRAHAM, Releases Painful, Tragic, but Transparent Report on its HISTORY OF RACISM AND PREJUDICE. College Trustees and Task Force call for the COMPLETE REPENTANCE of WHEATON COLLEGE, and the FIRST FRUIT OF THEIR REPENTANCE IS TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THE LIBRARY that was named after its president, J. Oliver Buswell, in the 1920s, who stopped admitting Black students altogether in 1926 and privately said “he didn’t think integration was immoral, but he was concerned about too much ‘social contact’ between races.” Buswell also said, “I am inclined to think that it would be better in a practical way if colored people would go to their own colored schools.”
Daniel Whyte III, President of Gospel Light Society International, says according to their own report, Wheaton College, a Christian College in the North, founded by abolitionists has a painful tragic history of racism, prejudice, and “blackface performances,” but by the grace of God, it is good for Wheaton College, the Christian College of the great Dr. Billy Graham, who preached the Gospel to all races and who stood with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. against racism, once being responsible for getting Dr. King out of jail, to thoroughly deal with their gross racism and prejudice and the turning away of black students and professors. Their biblical understanding of repentance laid out in the report is admirable, and Dr. Al Mohler of Southern Seminary ought to take heed and “go and do thou likewise.”
Wheaton College embraced racist attitudes that “created an inhospitable and sometimes hostile campus environment for persons of color,” according to a 122-page review of the school’s history released by trustees today.
Though the flagship evangelical institution was founded by abolitionists, over the next century and a half it turned away from concerns about racial equality. Even when the school’s leadership knew what was right, they frequently lacked the courage to “take a more vocal role in opposing widespread forms of racism and white supremacy,” the report says, and too often “chose to stay silent, equivocate, or do nothing” about racial injustice.
“We cannot be healed and cannot be reconciled unless and until we repent,” the task force concluded at the end of an 18-month study. “These sins constituted a failure of Christian love; denied the dignity of people made in the image of God; created deep and painful barriers between Christian brothers and sisters; tarnished our witness to the gospel; and prevented us from displaying more fully the beautiful diversity of God’s kingdom.”
Source: Christianity Today
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