A Black professor at a Christian university in Phoenix has been suspended after a video clip revealed him making troubling remarks about activists in the Black Lives Matter movement.
Professor Toby Jennings, of Grand Canyon University, was recorded in September 2016 speaking during a panel discussion called “God’s concern for the poor: What’s missing in social justice” when he was asked about Black Lives Matter. During his answer, Jennings openly stated he believed some members of the group “should be hung.”
After Jennings made the comment, several people in the room gasped, and Jennings said he was alright with his opinion even though he knew he was on camera.
Jennings said activists in the Black Lives Matter movement are different; some work for good, and some do not.
“You have folks that participate in it on one side that are very thoughtful about the matter and then on the other side, you have people on the opposite side of that who frankly should be hung and I did say that on video… they are saying things that are not helpful in any shape or form or human dignity or flourishing,” Jennings said.
After the video was recently posted to GCU’s website and received tremendous backlash, the university’s College of Theology told professor Jennings his statements were offensive. Although Jennings apologized for his remarks, BLM was not satisfied and took matters into their own hands.
As a result, GCU suspended Jennings for the rest of the semester, yet members of BLM in Phoenix want more action to be taken.
“My heart is broken, not because GCU is our enemy, but they claim to be our brothers and sisters. Brothers and sisters please stop avoiding talking about ways racism… makes us uncomfortable,” Pastor Warren Stewart Jr. told Fox 10.
The president of Grand Canyon University said Jennings’s comments should be looked at as a reflection of the entire institution.
“Yes, it was wrong, but it is an isolated incident and it does not represent who our faculty is and it does not represent who our students are,” Brian Mueller, GCU’s president, told Fox 10.